Subway conductor, child CEO among ‘Heroes of the Month’
by Salvatore Isola
Jun 11, 2019 | 451 views | 0 0 comments | 140 140 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Borough President Eric Adams celebrated four local residents at Borough Hall last week during his “Heroes of the Month” celebration.

The honorees for March were Jacob Abraham and State Trooper Joshua Kaye, who saved a suicidal senior from jumping off the Verrazano Bridge.

On the afternoon of March 31, Abraham was driving across the bridge when he saw the car in front of him stop and a 79-year-old man step out and walk to the bridge’s edge. He asked the man what he was doing, and he replied that he was going to jump.

Abraham then ran, grabbing the man by his shirt and belt.

“Jacob quickly sprung into action, not thinking twice about his personal safety, but trying to save a life,” said Adams.

Kaye happened to be driving on the bridge and joined in the rescue, struggling with the resisting man. With help from several others on the bridge, they were able to pull him to safety.

“Although I’m very humbled to take this honor, I don’t think it’s an act of heroism,” said Kaye. “I think this was an act of humanity.

“I was lucky enough to drive up on some other very good people that showed good acts of humanity,” he added. “Without them, without that collective effort, this would have been a very different story.”

April’s honoree also helped save a life. On April 4, subway conductor Hopeton Kiffin was driving the 5 train towards Manhattan when he spotted a 13-year-old boy standing between the tracks, dangerously near the third rail.

“It was clear that this turned into a very dangerous situation,” Adams said. “But he acted quickly.”

Kiffin stopped his train, went onto the tracks and grabbed the sixth grader, who Adams said was suffering from depression. The boy was on his way to school when he climbed down onto the tracks near the Hoyt Street station.

“I have an eight-year-old daughter, and I was just trying to be calm,” Kiffin said. “What I’ve learned is that passengers feed off our emotions. If they sense you’re calm, they will remain calm.”

For the month of May, Adams honored 10-year-old Obocho Peters, who started an enterprise that provides low-income children with clothes, shoes, and toys via an online thrift store.

“I’m so proud of this young man,” Adams said. “This may be our youngest Hero of the Month.”

Peters started “I Am Obocho” after seeing his mother struggle to provide him with necessities.

“If it’s a challenge for my mom to pay the rent, take care of me, and take care of herself at the same time, I know it’s a challenge for other families too,” Peters said.

Peters took small business classes at CAMBA, and also offers free financial literacy courses to low-income families.

“I am very honored and feel very special, and — wow,” said Peters. “Even though it’s done, I’m still nervous for what’s to come.”
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