New York City Mayor Eric Adams honors the heroes of the subway attack when the alleged shooter Frank R.. James was held without bail

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – Frontline MTA workers who assisted in rescue efforts during Tuesday morning’s Brooklyn subway shooting were given a special announcement Friday morning by New York City.

Mayor Eric Adams, who continues to retire after being tested positive for COVID-19, actually conducted the ceremony.

“Today I want to thank some of the heroes who were there at the place,” he said. “We are going to continue to thank them in the coming days for the actions they have taken during this difficult time.”

Those who were honored included the operators and carriers of Mata’s R and N trains that were affected by the incident, and a Mata bus driver who assisted the injured.

“Your actions testify to what is wonderful about the service you provide every day in general, and especially about the service you provide in a time of crisis,” Adams said. “As a former transition police officer, I saw how often you get up for an event in difficult times. You embody what’s beautiful about our subway system and our MTA system in general.”

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Afterwards, the honorees came out of the town hall with framed leaflets and talked about what they had witnessed and experienced during the frightening experience.

“I thought they were just knocking on the door to find instructions because they did not knock or anything,” said train operator David Artis. “So I do not think anything is happening. But as soon as I had to stop my train because the train crossed in front of me, I looked through the taxi door because everyone was at my taxi door, so they told me what was happening.”

Railroad leader Raven Haynes wasted no time.

“My whole point was to make sure my riders were safe,” Haynes said. “At no point did I think about my personal safety. I just wanted to make sure my passengers were safe.”

The bus driver B37 Parla Meija also did not hesitate, and spent long hours.

“That day I worked from five in the morning until midnight,” Majia said. “I skipped my meal, and kept moving buses.”

The ceremony took place when the suspect shooter, Frank R.. James, remaining in jail, is being held without bail.

He first appeared Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn, facing federal charges after allegedly wearing a gas mask, dropping a smoke bomb and opening fire on a crowded subway in Sunset Park. He made no claim.

He was held on a permanent detention order, although the judge did not prevent a future bail application.

U.S. Attorney’s Assistant Sarah Winick told a judge that 62-year-old James, who was taken into custody Wednesday after being found wandering the East Village and possibly calling police, scared the whole city.

“The defendant, horribly, opened fire on passengers on a crowded subway, interrupting their morning journeys in a way he had not seen in the city for more than 20 years,” she said. “The defendant’s attack was premeditated, it was carefully planned, and it caused terror among the victims and our entire city. The very presence of the defendant outside of federal detention poses a serious risk to the community and must be detained until trial.”

The judge agreed and rejected James’ bail for the time being.

“The complaint speaks for itself,” he said.

The attorney appointed for James’ court, Mia Eisner-Greenberg, has agreed to detain him without bail, for the time being, but will be able to apply for bail later.

New details emerged Thursday just after James’ appearance in court, in which investigators believe James may have hastened the alleged attack, law enforcement sources told ABC News.

Investigators are working to determine if James intended to carry out the attack while the train was entering 36th Street Station or if he was somehow startled and activated his smoke grenades earlier than planned, sources said.

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While James did not make statements to the arresting officers or at the compound, it is an avenue that investigators are examining.

As the subway car filled with smoke, it is believed that James knelt on his knee to avoid the rising smoke and opened fire from this hunched position. Investigators believe this is why most of the gunshot wounds were to his legs or hands.

In a lawsuit in court ahead of his appearance, federal prosecutors called the shooting calculated and “completely intentional,” saying James wore a hard hat and a construction worker-style jacket as a disguise and then dumped them after the shooting to avoid recognition.

Prosecutors offered James the means to carry out further attacks, noting that he had ammunition and other items related to the gun in a storage unit in Philadelphia.

While James’ lengthy detention record may seem “noteworthy,” they said he paints “a picture of a man with a tendency to defy authority and who is unable or unwilling to conform to the law.”

Prosecutors called it a “serious and ongoing risk to the community.”

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