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Malverne Motorman Nominated for Hero Award

Bruce Petry demonstrates bravery when he comes to aid of NYC cop on Brooklyn subway platform.

When a New York City cop was wrestling with a criminal suspect on a subway platform in Brooklyn and on the verge of falling onto the tracks, Malvernite Bruce Petry came to the rescue.

After radioing the Rail Control Center to stop traffic on the tracks, the 59-year-old MTA motorman and retired cop quickly rushed to the officer's aid. Recounting what happened on that winter day in 2009, Petry told the New York Daily News:

“The guy was trying to throw the police officer onto the tracks ... I dragged them to the center of the platform and then jumped in to help the cop subdue the guy. They were close to going over the edge.” 

For the heroic actions he displayed on that subway platform, as well as a lifetime spent helping others as a long-time volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House, the Malverne Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the Brooklyn-Queens chapter of the police Holy Name Society, Petry is in the running to win a Hometown Hero in Transit Award from The News.

Petry was nominated by his son, Kevin, who told a Daily News' reporter:

“What makes him a hero is the everyday things he does in his life.”

To read more about Petry and the contest click here.

Sean Patrick Brennan September 28, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Great job, Bruce! So proud to be living in the same little town as you. Thank you for being who you are.
Clark Griswold September 28, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Recognition well deserved and long overdue!
Mike September 29, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Great job, Sergeant Petry!

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