Quincy Calhoun was training a new motorman on a New York City subway train on April 17 when the trainee experienced pain in his chest and collapsed in the cab of the train.
The trainee was spitting up blood, so Calhoun tried to call the Rail Communication Center, but his radio would not connect, noted the New York Post.
Calhoun walked on the tracks, switched a red light and got the train moving to a station where the trainee was subsequently taken to a local hospital.
However, Calhoun was suspended without pay by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) on Monday.
The MTA claimed that Calhoun put other people's safety in danger and might have caused a derailment, even though the train was traveling at 10 mph.
MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said, “The train operator did not follow proper safety protocols by failing to contact the rail control center and obtain permission for this maneuver."
However, it was the MTA's radio that failed to contact the rail control center.
Kevin Harrington, of the TWU Local 100 union, added, "The Transit Authority is being absolutely unreasonable, and it shows their contempt for human life, particularly their employees."
For his part, Calhoun is standing by his actions.
"I value human life, and, you know, I was thinking more of his life than anything else," Calhoun told WABC.
"Going against protocol, I hooked the signal down to get the train through," he proudly admitted.
TWU Local 100 and Calhoun plan to file an appeal.