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    Student Rescued After Being Pushed Onto Train Tracks Graduates

    A student who was pushed in front of an oncoming train by a homeless man two years ago graduated from Hunter College Wednesday, and the MTA officers who rescued her were there for a touching reunion. (Published Thursday, May 28, 2015)

    A student who was pushed in front of a commuter train in New York was reunited with the officers who rescued her at her college graduation Wednesday.

    Maya Leggat, 22, hugged the MTA police officers who saved her as she received special recognition during her graduation from Hunter College.

    Leggat became emotional during the touching reunion, saying she never considered the possibility of not living to see her graduation day.

    “I never thought that I wouldn’t be able to do what I wanted to do, that there wasn’t a positive outcome at the end,” Leggat said.

    Leggat was shoved from behind by a homeless man as a Metro-North train entered the White Plains station in September 2013.

    The force of the train flung her under platform instead of crushing her, so officers Ted Uzzle and Victor Pastrana were able to pull her out and administer life-saving aid immediately, the New York Post reported. Leggat suffered a broken back, a severed finger, other broken bones and cuts.

    The man who pushed her, Howard Mickens, was sentenced to 25 years in prison. He had previously pleaded guilty to attempted murder.