CCTV footage from the Repubblica Metro Station in Milan, Italy, shows the moment a toddler fell down on the train tracks and was rescued by a quick-thinking teenager. Lorenzo Pianazza, an 18-year-old student, jumped onto the tracks after he saw a 2-and-a-half-year-old boy fall down just a minute before the train was scheduled to arrive, reports ABC News. Footage captured shows the young boy running towards the tracks from the platform and slipping down while his mother sits on a bench at the platform. Even as the child’s mother and panicked bystanders gathered on the platform, Lorenzo jumped down to rescue him. After picking up the child and handing him to his mother, Lorenzo even found time to retrieve his toy.
Meanwhile, Claudia Flora Castellano, the station manager who saw the incident unfold on monitors in the control room, immediately pressed the red button to stop the train that was about to pull into the station.
The whole incident was captured on camera. Watch it below:
Azienda Trasporti Milanesi, the company responsible for public transportation in Milan, identified the child as Mohamed.
In a tweet shared on February 14, they thanked Lorenzo and Claudia for their courageous gesture.
The Mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, invited Lorenzo and Claudia to his office following the incident to thank them.
“A few minutes ago, I received at Palazzo Marino Lorenzo and Claudia, the two boys who saved the child who fell in the subway. I thanked them warmly…” he wrote in a Facebook post on February 14.
Essere Sindaco di una grande città comporta attimi di grande gioia, che possono affiancarsi a momenti di dolore. Quello che conta è attraversarli insieme, uniti in una grande comunità.
Pochi minuti fa ho ricevuto a Palazzo Marino Lorenzo e Claudia, i due ragazzi che ieri hanno salvato il bambino caduto tra i binari nella metropolitana. Li ho ringraziati calorosamente, sicuro di parlare a nome di tutti i milanesi. Purtroppo però la giornata di oggi è stata segnata anche dal tragico incendio in via Cogne. Siamo ancora con il fiato sospeso per il giovane ragazzo che sta lottando per restare in vita e, nel frattempo, stiamo gestendo la sistemazione delle famiglie che hanno dovuto abbandonare il loro appartamento.