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Poughkeepsie resident saves a life in NYC subway

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A Town of Poughkeepsie man is hailed as a hero after helping save a stranger in a New York City subway. YNN's John Wagner met up him at the Poughkeepsie train station.

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Matt Foley is having a 2013 to remember. He's surrounded himself with good people and worked out at the gym every day.

"I've been going through a tough time this past year, you know, and I wanted to start it fresh," said Foley, a Town of Poughkeepsie resident.

Little did he know he was training to save a life. While waiting to catch a subway to a friend's house, a man in his 20s fell into the train's path, left unconscious.

"His face hit directly on the track," said Foley. "I didn't see it, I just heard it and you know, that wasn't a good sound."

Screams and yelling erupted in the Columbus Circle station with less than two minutes until the next 1 train set to arrive.

"You look around and no one’s doing anything," said Foley. "I look again and that's when Garret jumped in."

Air Force Cadet Garrett O'Hanlon and Matt's new buddy, Dennis Codrington, took action, with Foley right behind. Together, they yanked the 200 plus pound stranger to safety before scrambling to climb up themselves.

"I tried for not even a second and then I get all of these hands, just the good people getting me out," said Foley. "We look and there's lights to the right, so it was close enough."

Foley is back in Poughkeepsie on the lookout for a job as an automotive technician. But he says the incident Sunday morning may have changed the fate of more than just one life.

"I felt awesome after that and I would do that every day. I would love to go to work every day just knowing that I have the ability and knowledge to help somebody," said Foley.

He's signing up for EMT and first responder classes this summer. Foley and his fellow hero plans to check on the recovering stranger Friday.

"To save a life," continued Foley, "you can't ask for anything better than that." ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP