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LIU Brooklyn Student Saves Woman From Oncoming Subway


Alka Gupta,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Brooklyn,
Long Island University

heroBrooklyn, N.Y. – An LIU Brooklyn student — who makes heroes for a living — became one himself this week.

Said Kanoun, 25, who works at a Subway restaurant in Manhattan, rescued a woman who had fainted and fallen onto the subway tracks at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn on Monday.

As he was waiting for the “R” train to take him to the school, where he is learning English, Kanoun observed a woman swaying on the subway platform.

“I saw this young woman acting dizzy and then she fell onto the tracks,” said Kanoun, who emigrated from Algeria in July. “I lay down on the platform and asked her to give me her hand, but she did not move.”

Hearing the announcement of an approaching train, the young man, with little thought for his personal safety, jumped down to the tracks.

“I saw blood on her eyes and her face, and also saw that she was unconscious,” said Kanoun. “I wasn’t scared for myself, all I could see was the girl. I was hoping she wasn’t electrocuted.”

Staying calm, the LIU Brooklyn student managed to lift her up and, with the help of other subway riders, was able to get the woman and himself to safety — just as an oncoming train came to a stop part way into the station.

Kanoun’s quick action earned him kudos and thanks from passengers and the police. “You are a hero,” said a policewoman on the scene.

The news of his heroics quickly reached his classmates and a professor through a fellow student who happened to be on the following train and witnessed the commotion.

“This is the most exciting thing to happen to one of my students in my 20 years of teaching at LIU,” said Jeff Clark, who teaches English to Kanoun at LIU Brooklyn’s English Language Institute. The professor described Kanoun as a “great guy, who is extremely hard working and well liked by his fellow students.”

Meanwhile, Kanoun’s family back home learned of his bravery through a classmate, who is also from Algeria. Kanoun is the oldest of five children and is engaged to be married. He was earning his bachelor’s in engineering in his native country when he won a green card lottery that let him come to the U.S. in July.

Kanoun is enrolled in LIU Brooklyn’s Intensive English Program, a full-time non-credit program for international students, immigrants and others not proficient in English. He hopes to go into engineering or nursing.

LIU Brooklyn is distinguished by...
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 10/04/2012

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