The 1975 subway rescue of toddler Michelle De Jesus, as originally documented

Tweet Share on Facebook Share on Tumblr Print

Last week, as the city absorbed the shock of the death of Ki-Suck Han, pushed onto the tracks at the 49th Street BMT station and run over by a Queens-bound Q-train, I posted the story of an old subway rescue from 1975.

It was a curiously under-documented tale and we did a little research to find out more.

But thanks to a relative of the late Everett Sanderson, the man who jumped onto the tracks to save a young girl who had slipped from her mother's grasp at the 86th Street stop on the Lexington Avenue line, we now have a bunch more.

It was to her that Sanderson left all his memorabilia from the events on that platform when he died in 1993, and after reading our post she kindly offered to share some of it.

MORE ON CAPITAL

ADVERTISEMENT

First, here's an image of the Daily News story, which was flagged on page 1 and continued inside:

Here is a photo of Sanderson (third from left) appearing on "The Pat Collins Show" with two other New York City heroes, names unknown. That's Mayor Abe Beame on the left, and Pat Collins second from left:

And here is the full text of a Reader's Digest piece, the fullest published account of the events that took place on the 86th Street platform: