Monday, January 8, 2007
By now, most readers have read about the gripping tale of Wesley Autrey, 50, who was standing on a subway station platform in the Harlem neighborhood in New York City with his four- and six-year old daughters on Tuesday when Cameron Hollopeter, 20, suffered a seizure and fell to the tracks in front of an approaching train. Autrey jumped off the platform and held down Hollopeter's convulsing body in the track bed as the train passed just inches above them.
Autrey has been flooded with "gifts" since, including:
- $10,000 from Donald Trump
- $5,000 from the New York Film Academy (where Hollopeter is a student), as well as scholarships for his daughters
- $1,000 from The Think and Care Tank
- A one-week fully paid trip to the Disney World for Autrey and his family
- Tickets to the Broadway smash hit musical "The Lion King."
- A television show apartment make-over
- One year of free rides on New York City's subways and busses
Bryan Camp (Texas Tech) asks: all taxable income to Autrey?
For New York Times coverage, see:
- Man Is Rescued by Stranger on Subway Tracks (Jan. 3)
- Construction Worker One Day, Subway Hero the Next (Jan. 4)
- A Big Hero in the Big City (Jan. 4)
- Subway Rescuer Receives the City’s Highest Award (Jan. 5)
- At Least the Hero Was on Time (Jan. 5)
- Why Our Hero Leapt Onto the Tracks and We Might Not (Jan. 7)