Officer Peter Boutros was off duty last Nov. 26 when he heard a mother screaming at the Beacon Metro North station. A 3-year-old boy had fallen onto the tracks between the gap and platform, and the train was about to leave.
The 27-year-old father of two sprang into action and put his own life in danger as he went down in the tight squeeze to rescue the child.
Boutros’ wife, Mabel, hit the red button inside the train, alerting conductors to stop the train. Meanwhile, a few bystanders held onto the officer, enabling him to pull the boy to safety. Other than some cuts to his face, the child did not suffer any injuries and was reunited with his mother.
Boutros, who has been a police officer for five years, said his fatherly instincts kicked in during the dangerous rescue.
This marks the second time he has saved a life. Two years ago when he was an officer at the town of Lloyd Police Department, he talked a suicidal teenager down from the Walkway Over the Hudson.