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Soldier pulls wheelchair-bound man from metro tracks

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A wheelchair-bound man accidentally falls face first onto the metro tracks in Washington D.C. on July 4th and it was all caught on camera.

Also caught on camera were the Good Samaritans jumping down onto the tracks to help him.

The man in the wheelchair was trying to get closer to read the metro sign when he fell off the platform.

Not only was the man attached to his wheelchair, but he landed just inches from the 750-volt third rail.

That's when army specialist Michael Menchaca just happened to be coming down the escalator.  He says he saw something go over the tracks, realized what happened, and jumped down to get him.

Another passenger helped Menchaca lift the man off the tracks and he's now recovering.

Menchaca has since returned to duty, unaware he's being considered for the Soldier's Medal- the army's highest peace-time award.  When asked if he thought his actions were heroic, Menchaca said, "In my book, not really.  I was just doing the right thing."

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