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Good Samaritans who saved 5-year-old girl from under subway train honored

Posted at 3:03 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 15:03:47-04

BRONX, New York -- The two men who jumped into action to help the 5-year-old girl after witnesses say her 45-year-old  father jumped in front of a subway train in New York City on Monday, are being recolonized for their heroics.

The man was killed , but the girl survived the incident, which happened at Kingsbridge Road station in the Bronx around 8 a.m. At least two commuters went onto the tracks to help pull her to safety.

Cell phone footage taken from across the platform shows two men down on the tracks as the girl crawls out from under the train. "She was telling me, 'What happened to my daddy?'" one of the men, identified as Jairo Torres said. "Then I said, 'Don't look at your daddy, come to me. Come like a puppy.'"

Torres and Antonyo Love, the two men who jumped into action to help the 5-year-old girl from underneath the train, were recognized by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr, Wednesday morning, WPIX reported. 

“Just listening to their version, I am full of fear. I am full of grief and pain,” Diaz said.

Calling them the “Batman and Robin” of the Bronx, Diaz praised them for their courage and stepping up rather than pulling out their cell phones.

“It is the true meaning of being a hero. They’re not asking for this attention. They’re not asking for the spotlight,” he said.

Video showed Torres lifting the girl up onto the platform and others on the platform comforting her.

Police said Fernando Balbuena-Flores was pronounced dead at the scene. His daughter had scratches and lacerations but was otherwise uninjured, police said.

"My little girl is in perfect condition thanks to God and the angels that protected her," the girl's mother, Niurka Caraballo, told WCBS.

Authorities have been told by witnesses that the man appeared to intentionally jump onto the subway tracks, according to a law enforcement source, who added the incident is still under investigation.

"The man that I saw jump in had a little girl in his wrists and in his arms. Next thing I know, he and her jumped," Jennifer Hub told WCBS.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority released a statement lamenting the man's death.

"This is a tragedy and our thoughts are with the family members as well as with our train operator -- this is a traumatic event for everyone involved," an MTA spokesman said.