Anyone can be a hero. It could be that fellow pedestrian who pulls your texting-while-walking ass out of the way of certain death, or the stranger who returns your wallet with the cash still inside. They can be store clerks or baristas, or gainfully unemployed. Sometimes, they can even be MBTA drivers.
Frank Limone was operating an Orange Line train early Wednesday evening when he received the radio call that on the tracks lay Nummy, an approximately three-year-old stuffed animal rabbit who had tumbled from the hands of her owner, Riley Carey-Brown, as she exited the train.
So he did what any gallant T driver would do and stopped the train during rush hour, hopped out and retrieved poor Nummy.
Riley, according to her mother’s blog, started screaming for her fallen friend, apparently crying and shouting, “My friend! Nummy! She fell on the tracks, and now a train is going to run her over! She will be squished by the train! On the tracks! I need my friend!” Luckily, the rescued Nummy was rightfully returned to her owner’s lap; the toddler’s tears vanished and laughter ensued.
Limone did more that stop the spilling of cotton stuffing. He helped Riley avoid the emotional scars that accompany seeing the slaughter of your closest friend, no matter how machine washable it may be.
And that, my friends, is something to #MBTAbrag about.