Samaritan Knife Use: Man uses pocket-knife to free woman trapped in escalator.

Massachusetts Knife Laws are a hodge-podge as there is no statewide knife preemption. Boston’s laws are even stricter than the state guidelines. What knife Jamaica Plains resident Andree Zalesk was carrying when he freed a woman whose skirt was caught in an escalator after a fall is not clear, but I wonder if it was over the 2.5″ limit for the city of Boston.

From Jamaica Plains News:

“She and her bags were scattered all over the moving escalator,” Zalesk wrote. “Her skirt was caught in the machinery and I had to pull out my pocket knife to cut her out. I managed to get her onto the platform, gather the contents of her purse, and reclaim her two rolling suitcases. Then she went her way and I went mine.”


T spokesman Joe Pesaturo said MBTA operations control received no report about the incident.

Getting clothing caught in escalators is no laughing matter — at least two people have been strangled to death on MBTA escalators in the last decade. In 2009, 82-year-old Helen Jackson died after her scarf became entangled with a people mover at State Street Station. Bystanders freed Jackson, but too late to save her. Last fall, her family agreed to a $500,000 settlement with the T. In 2005, Francisco Portillo of East Boston died when his clothes trapped him on an escalator at the Porter Square T.”

It is good to know that there is still a culture of self-preparedness even in a city that works so hard to quash the mindset.


  1. cmeat says:

    that escalated quickly.

  2. David says:

    There are loads of these types of stories all over America. Knife rights has a section on their website called: Carry a Knife – Save a Life™. Kinda similar to the NRA highlighting real life incidents where a gun did good.

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