We recently suggested that the best thing to do if you fall onto subway tracks is to run away. But let's say you fall, unconscious, onto those tracks, as this woman did in Madrid earlier this week — well, your only hope is that an off-duty policeman is brave enough to leap into the path of an oncoming train and drag you to safety. As this officer, Ruben, did. (Ruben, by the way, is a good person to have around — last year he saved a four-year-old from drowning in a lake.) [Telemadrid]
Spain is in the midst of prolonged and devastating financial crisis. Its economy lost roughly 800,000 jobs last year, more than half of under-25-year-olds are unemployed, and the total unemployment rate is at 26% and growing. So you can imagine how bleak and hopeless people waiting (and working) in one of their umemployment offices might feel.
My new personal hero is Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva, better known as the Duchess of Alba. The Spanish royal (and tabloid fixture better known as Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart) is worth between $850 million and $5 billion but she's giving it all away to marry a commoner. Aww.
What do you do if you see a man fall onto some tracks moments before a speeding train passes them by? If you're this rookie cop in Madrid, you jump down from the platform and pull him away! Watch inside.