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With no one else going to the conductor's aid, Côté, a judoka who also works as a volunteer firefighter, came to the rescue. He used his judo skills to quickly subdue the man who eventually apologized and was allowed to leave the train. Though Côté was reluctant to reveal the story feeling he was just doing his civic duty, a French journalist reported the incident.
After coming away from the scuffle unscathed, Côté subsequently told the Canadian press, "Maybe the passenger has a sore arm, but it's his problem."