June 19 2013 Latest news:
Lizzie Dearden, Reporter
Friday, March 15, 2013
An Ilford man who risked his life by jumping on to Tube tracks to save a woman from being hit by an oncoming train was awarded for his bravery today.
Jahangir Khan, 42, was standing on the platform at Bank station last May when a woman next to him fainted and tumbled onto the tracks.
The next train was only one or two minutes away but without any hestitation, Mr Khan jumped down onto the tracks and lifted the woman to safety.
The father-of-three said: “It was very much instinctive. My normal route to work was closed, so it was fate I went to that station that day.
“As soon as she stumbled on to the rails I didn’t think twice, I just jumped down and didn’t really think about it.”
He added: “My kids told me I was a hero but I’m not a hero at all, I’m not even a brave person.
“I did what I would expect someone to do for my family, my kids and my wife.
“I would definitely do it again.”
Mr Khan, an accountant, said more people should do good deeds on the Tube, even if just helping someone with their luggage.
He received a British Transport Police Certificate of Commendation in central London on Friday.
Chief Constable Andrew Trotter, who presented the award, said: “Without Mr Khan’s quick thinking and brave actions, the woman’s life would have no doubt been in danger from the incoming train.”