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Thursday, January 11, 2007


NYC's ‘superman' local native

He is the man known to New York City this week as “superman,” but Brewton resident Mattie Barksdale can say she knew her nephew Wesley Autrey when.

Autrey, a 50-year-old New York resident and Brewton native, saved the life of a 20-year-old stranger Tuesday when he threw himself on top of the man after the younger man fell onto the subway tracks.

“I'm really proud of him,” Barksdale said. “I'm just glad he did it.”

But Barksdale is also shocked her relative - a boy she used to baby-sit when she was just out of high school and visiting New York - is garnering nationwide attention.

Autrey appeared on David Letterman's “The Late Show” Thursday night and has been featured in news stories across the country. Newspaper headlines have hailed him as a “hero” and a “superman.”

“I don't feel like I did something spectacular,” Autrey told The New York Times for a story last week. “I just saw someone who needed help. “I did what I felt was right.”

Autrey's family back home found out about the story the same way most other Americans did - on TV.
By Kerry Whipple Bean- publisher

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