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Amazing footage shows NYPD officer risk life to save someone else's as subway approaches

Amazing footage shows NYPD officer risk life to save someone else's as subway approaches

A man fell on to the tracks and the officer has been commended for his courage

A New York Police Department (NYPD) officer has been commended for his courage after he jumped on to the subway tracks to save a man.

After spotting that a man had fallen on the tracks, body-cam footage show the officer darting to get to him, wading his way through the crowds and jumping down to rescue him.

The footage shows him lift the man to safety on the platform with the assistance of another officer - just moments before a train arrives at the station.

Watch the body-cam footage here:

The dramatic near miss unfolded on Thanksgiving on Thursday (24 November), at the 6 train station on Lexington and East 116th Street.

The 40-year-old man who fell was taken to hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries, according to CBS.

The officers involved in the daring rescue were praised for their courage.

Sharing the body-cam footage on Twitter, Keechant Sewell, Police Commissioner of the City of New York, wrote: "The heroics of NY's Finest always amazes me.

"For the @NYPD25Pct officers who rescued a man from an oncoming train after he accidentally fell on the subway tracks yesterday in Manhattan — the courage is second nature.

"Join me in saluting these great cops!"

A train arrived at the station just moments later.

Thanksgiving can be a dangerous day in the US for a number of reasons - with deep fried turkeys posing a house fire risk; the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) even issued a public service announcement about it.

In the video - which is inexplicably set to a pumping club banger - turkeys can be seen being lowered into fat fryers, which overflow and cause enormous blazes.

Indeed, on Thanksgiving, the US has more fires caused by home cooking than any other day of the year.

As such, if people insist on deep frying their turkeys, they were urged to only do so away from their homes, and 'never use turkey fryers in the garage or on the porch'.

It's also important to ensure the turkey is thawed and follow the manufacturer instructions for the fryer.

The CPSC said: "Cooking fires remain the #1 cause of residential fires.

"CPSC data show that there are about 360,300 home fires per year, leading to nearly 2,400 deaths and about 10,900 injuries each year. Of these, an estimated 165,600 are cooking fires, leading to an estimated 200 deaths and 3,200 injuries annually.

"An average of 1,600 cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day each year, more than three times the average number of daily cooking fires throughout the year.

"Turkey fryers create particular risks. Since 2000, CPSC is aware of 217 fire or scald/burn incidents involving turkey fryers, resulting in 83 injuries and $9.5 million in property loss."

Featured Image Credit: @nypdpc/Twitter

Topics: US News, Police