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, I was able to summon much more strength than usual.”

Shin’s bravery was widely reported in the South Korean media Wednesday.

“I did what any Korean would do in that situation,” the Yonhap News Agency quoted Shin as saying. The report said some 20 bystanders failed to provide assistance.

On Jan. 26, 2001, Lee Soo Hyun and Shiro Sekine, a Yokohama photographer, jumped onto the tracks at Shin-Okubo Station in an attempt to save Seiko Sakamoto, a 37-year-old plasterer from Saitama Prefecture from an oncoming train. All three were killed.

Lee’s hometown of Busan erected a monument to him in May 2001.