Flashback Friday | Security cameras capture dramatic rescue of toddler from train tracks at Jannali

A mystery woman was hailed as a hero in 2003 after she jumped on to train tracks at Jannali to rescue a toddler whose stroller had rolled off the station platform.

Georgia Harrison, 18 months, was with her grandmother, waiting to board the 9.30am train to the city when the stroller rolled away.

With the train due to arrive within minutes, a young woman ran from the other end of the platform and jumped down on to the tracks.

She grabbed the stroller in which the toddler was strapped and hoisted it on to the platform before scrambling up herself.

Rail security cameras captured her heroism, which was also witnessed by passengers waiting for the train.

Police appealed through a Leader story by reporter Merryn Porter for the woman - described as Aboriginal and in her 30s - to come forward so they could nominate her for a bravery award.

However, there was no subsequent report the woman had been identified.

Georgia was taken to Sutherland Hospital before being transferred to St George Hospital where 10 stitches were inserted in her face.

Sutherland police acting inspector John Martin was astounded by the woman's bravery, saying in his 28 years in the force he had never seen anything like it.

"She did not hesitate. You can see [on the footage] she ran straight down, threw her gear down on the platform and then jumped down on the tracks," he said.


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