A New York man has saved a teenage girl who fell onto the subway tracks as she waited for a 4 train at Union Square subway station in New York this week, and in the aftermath of saving the girl, Joshua Garcia has said that he believes that he was not at the scene to help by accident.
"God put me in that situation," said Garcia to DNAinfo New York. "It was where I was supposed to be."
Garcia recalled when he saw 16-year-old Stephanie Xue fall onto the tracks, the impact made a loud noise that sounded like a gunshot around 6:45 pm local time.
"She was leaning over the platform like she was woozy from medication, and then I saw her fall and I was like, 'Oh ----!,'" said Garcia.
The girl was knocked unconscious from the fall, and Garcia immediately rushed to the girl's aid, leaping onto the tracks and carrying the teen back up onto the platform.
He recalls seeing a lot of eyewitnesses taking photos of them instead of helping him, and also remembers that the victim who was bleeding from a cut on her head - a result of the terrifying fall.
"It was amazing seeing all these people doing nothing," said Garcia. "It was an eye-opener."
Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing student Justine Omilig would later arrive to the area and tend to Xue's head injury. Thanks to Garcia and Omilig, Xue was rushed to the hospital, where she received 50 stiches to close the wound, and recovered.
"I remember I started to feel dizzy and I just blacked out, and then I woke up and Joshua was helping support my neck and this woman was applying pressure to my wound," said Xue recalling what happened to her that day. "There is a lot I want to say, but it is hard to find the words. I am just so thankful he was there to help me. Joshua told me he was just very happy to save me and was sorry that this happened."
She was released from the hospital on May 8.
Though Garcia is being praised for his heroic deed, he has given all the credit to God.
"I give all the glory to Lord Jesus," said Garcia, who did not originally mention what he had done to his family or his Aramark food service co-workers. "I was glad to help and to show her that there are good people out there."