Four Swedish cops were just enjoying their vacation in New York City, taking the subway to see “Les Miserables,” when they heard a “frantic” call go out from train operator, asking for the help of any police officers on the train.
According to Yahoo News:
“We thought maybe someone needed help,” rookie cop Samuel Kvarzell, 25, was quoted as saying by the New York Police Department.
“One of the guys was on top of the other guy, so we separated them,” the 25-year-old Markus Asberg told the New York Post.
The officers restrained the men until the train arrived at a station and NYPD officers could take over. The incident was caught on video by a straphanger.
NY Police Commissioner Bill Bratton met up with the group Friday, the New York Post reported.
“Gentlemen, thank you very, very much. You did a great honor to yourselves, certainly to your police service and to your country. We appreciate all the help we can get.
“Here as tourists, they stepped up.
“I was noticing that the moves that they made are very much the same moves that we now teach our young people at the academy in terms of how to take people down in a way trying to ensure that they’re not injured during that apprehension.”
After the meeting, he tweeted:
Normally jaded New Yorkers had plenty to say about the incident.
“They’re pretty fine. Brave and blond!” said Janice Brown, 37, who was riding an uptown No. 6 train Thursday.
Justice LeBoy, 24, a student, added, “That’s a really brave thing to do. Especially because they are tourists — tourists are usually just in the way.”
In Sweden, though, their countrymen at first shrugged off the news, saying helping others is ordinary and nothing special. But now that they have been honored by the top officer in New York, a spokesman for Sweden's minister for home affairs told the Post the officers will be honored when they return.