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By Maria Papadopoulos/The Enterprise
A Brockton man was commended in Boston on Wednesday for intervening to help an MBTA police officer who was being assaulted at South Station.
The Enterprise reported that Steven Germain, a Quincy native who works as a Massachusetts Bay commuter rail car inspector, received a Certificate of Commendation at Transit Police Headquarters in Boston Wednesday morning.
MBTA Transit Police Chief Paul S. MacMillan, who presented the certificate to Germain, praised Germain’s “service before self, perseverance and commitment” in helping to diffuse a chaotic situation.
“His swift and decisive measures disrupted an assault on a police officer which could have resulted in serious injuries,” MacMillan said in a statement Wednesday. “His immediate and selfless intervention directly contributed to the apprehension of a dangerous individual.”
Germain intervened to help MBTA Officer Vincent Moy, who was attacked while patrolling the commuter rail lobby inside Boston’s South Station about 7 p.m. on March 10, MacMillan said.
An unidentified man began acting erratically, and pushed Moy to the ground as the officer was trying to restrain and handcuff him, MacMillan said.
Germain saw the assault and “without regard for his own well-being,” quickly ran to help Moy, and pulled the man off him, MacMillan said.
Reached Wednesday afternoon, Germain, 54, said he acted quickly out of fear for the officer’s safety.
“I just did what I thought was right, took the man off him,” said Germain. “I didn’t think anything of it.”
Germain and Moy then restrained and handcuffed the man.
Germain, who is single, said he moved from Quincy to Brockton two years ago. He is a 1978 graduate of Quincy High School.
He said he has worked for the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail for two decades.
Passengers transported by shuttle
Travel has been halted on the Orange Line at the Ruggles MBTA station after a person was struck by a train, officials say.
MBTA Transit Police said the person was being transported to a hospital by Boston EMS, and the incident is under investigation.
Passengers are being shuttled between Back Bay station and Jackson Square.
Passenger recorded attack
MBTA police said they’re looking for six people who attacked a man and women on board a Red Line train Sunday night.
The attack was reported around 9 p.m. at the Broadway MBTA Station.
Police said two women intervened when they saw the man became involved in a verbal dispute with a group of six people.
When the two women asked them to leave him alone, that’s when the attack began, police said.
The male victim and two women didn’t know each other prior to the attack, police said.
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call police.
Speed was contributing factor in train derailment, MBTA says
BOSTON — Speed was a “contributing factor” in Monday’s Green Line train derailment, and the trolley operator, Sydley Gardner, has been taken off the job, pending an investigation, according to MBTA officials.
Gardner, 48, who has worked for the T for five years, was placed on paid leave pending an investigation.
“A thorough inspection of the track and signal systems found no defects nor anomalies,” said MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo. “Investigators continue to take a close look at the performance of the motorperson who was operating the train at the time.”
Gardner has a three-decade history of motor vehicle driving infractions, according to records from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. The infractions include speeding, failure to stop and several license suspensions for failure to make required payments.
His driving record was not checked when he was hired in 2008, because it was not required by law at the time.
Service on the Green Line resumed Tuesday after the trolley jumped the tracks, injuring 10 people, including two MBTA employees. None of the injuries were serious.
“There was an extremely loud smash, like when we came off the tracks, when I think we jackknifed,” passenger Caleb Dovel said.
A second train slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting the first train and tossed passengers around.
“Someone fell, and there were EMTs,” another passenger said.
“Everybody initially ran off the train. I think that was more scary because then we were trapped under ground and off the train,” Dovel said. “People were very lucky. It could have been a lot worse.”
Woman robbed of bag at Tufts MBTA station
BOSTON — Transit police are seeking the public’s help in finding a man who robbed a woman of her bag at an MBTA station.
Police said the robbery occurred at the Tufts MBTA station on Monday at 9:50 a.m. after an inbound Orange Line train entered the station. The suspect fled on foot toward Bay Village in the South End, police said.
Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to call police at 617-222-1050.