Paul Thompson, the 34-year-old firefighter who rescued a young boy who had fallen onto the subway tracks, says he just “blacked out”. I recently had an opportunity to interview him on his way to work. Here is his side of the transcript:
I didn’t particularly give a crap about the kid. I don’t really like ’em in general, you know? And this one had kind of a messy face, too.
It’s just like I told my girlfriend, what do you want a kid for? Get rid of it.
I’m kidding, but you know what I mean, huh? You got a kid? No. Didn’t think so. Then you know what I mean.
She’s a softy though. Now I got two. And neither of ’em are looking like they’re ever gonna be able to catch a baseball.
Tommy, my oldest, is going into the second grade and still scared of the ball. Likes tofu. The wife coddled him. Yeah, we’re married now.
I dunno what happened that day. I was waiting for the damn train, watching this beggar approach. Just waiting for him to ask me for something. You know, I can’t take his kind. Do I have a dollar to give you? No, buddy, I don’t. I might buy a pack of gum with that, or throw it in the trash, okay? Cuz that’s my right.
Get lost. Play a song or something, maybe. Do a little dance. Ah nevermind, forget it. Plus, it’s summertime. Real tough sleeping outside in the summer. Be nice not to work.
Then I hear this little pansy yell and see it’s the kid’s dad standing by the edge of the track, flapping his arms around like a bird. The kid is down on the track picking up his ice cream cone and not knowing a thing.
I can’t remember after that. I guess I hugged that kid down as the train passed over us. That’s what they told me, anyway.Yeah, I got a bunch of appreciation for that.
Real nice. What’d be nice is a new car.
A Toyota? Shut up.
Firefighting? Yeah, it’s pretty heroic, I guess. I mean, sure, we save people’s lives everyday. Animals, too. But mostly it’s an idiot put something in his toaster. There’s a lot of people who shouldn’t be allowed to have matches.
Oh, 9/11? Yeah I was there. A lot of people died there. No reason to it. No I don’t remember much of that. I saw it on TV but don’t remember too much else. Must’ve blacked that one out too.
Damn, you see that ass?! Hey hon’ you ever seen a real fire hose?! Ahh…
Wooeee – now that’s dangerous! Gonna get somebody hurt – you know what I mean? Ah, forget it, buddy. No use trying with you.
Mr. Thompson then snagged a ball bouncing by and tossed it back to the child chasing after it. He told him to keep it in his mitt and boarded his train.
Brian Byrne is a comedian living in Chicago. He does improv and writes stuff, too. He’s on twitter @abrianbyrne.