A Railroad Division member saved an injured hawk from PATH train tracks on the E platform heading towards Grove Street during the early morning hours of Friday, December 18.
Local 2001 member Kevin Ronan said he was with his inspection partner and fellow TWU member Giuseppe Rosado, walking and inspecting the areas they were assigned to that night. Halfway through their route for the evening, Rosado spotted the hawk. Ronan approached the bird slowly and saw its wing was mangled.
Ronan called emergency power to get electricity turned off in the three adjacent runnels, which a power railman took care of right away.
“About a half hour goes by and we are waiting on the Emergency Services Unit, which has all the animal control equipment. A train ran close by us on the other side of the station, which really spooked the hawk. I was afraid he would run off and hurt himself even more,” Ronan recalled.
“I put my flashlight on the strobe setting and he [the hawk] would look into it and be mesmerized. I took my jacket off, approached him close and got him the third time – was able to throw my jacket over him and scoop him up really quick.”
Ronan, an animal lover, said he grew up in a “really rural section of New Jersey” and likes to go bird watching there.
“It was cool to be able to help an animal like that,” he said, adding that he named the bird, Hawkeye. “One of my co-workers said we should have just left it there, but I joked that I am a bleeding-heart liberal, I had to do something.”
Hawkeye was safely transferred to Jersey City Animal Control.