When a Philly man with autism boarded the wrong train and ended up lost in the mammoth network under New York City’s Grand Central Maddison, his family had to cut their day plans short to travel to the Big Apple for an emergency pick-up.
But before they hit the road, three NYC transit officers who had gotten the call came to the rescue, locating the man and coming up with a rather Daoist solution to the problem—just put him back on the train.
Officers Azad Miah, Rochester Joseph, and Sergeant Craig Siegelbaum located the man named Tyree, who was happy to hear they were there to help him.
“The family was going to come to New York to pick him up originally and someone came up with the idea to get him on an Amtrak train and have the family meet him there, Siegelbaum told ABC 7 news in a touching reunion with Tyree and his family over Zoom.
One of the key tenants of Daoism is the life principle of being like water, originally interpreted to mean “do as little as needed to move forward.”
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In making their mini-rescue, the officers went with the flow of the situation, escorted the man to the correct train, let the conductor know what was happening, and let it carry him back to his family.
“I’m grateful that they were even able to coordinate something like this because I’ve heard of countless times where it didn’t end like this,” Tyree’s uncle, Kevin Watson, said.
Tyree thanked the officers for helping him over Zoom.
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