08/12/2012 at 04:15 PM EDT
has proved that he doesn't just play knights in shining armor on screen. He's a rescuer in real life, too.
Baldwin, 46, came to the aid of a young woman having a seizure Thursday at New York City's Peninsula Hotel, reports New York's Daily News
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cast member was meeting with his publicist, Brad Taylor, when he heard a loud noise from the other side of the room.
"All of a sudden every head turned," Baldwin told the News
. "It was this girl, fallen on the floor."
A young woman had suddenly gone into violent convulsions, which Baldwin, who grew up with an epileptic family member, immediately recognized as an epileptic seizure.
As other patrons ignored the episode – "A guy right next to us was just sipping his martini and didn't look up," Taylor said – the actor rushed to her aid.
"I held her hand and said a few prayers," said Baldwin. The seizure lasted three terrifying minutes before the young woman came to. Baldwin was on hand to comfort her.
"She started going, 'Where am I? What happened?' And then I asked, 'Do you have epilepsy?' and she said, 'Yes.' Then she started crying," he said.
A nurse soon arrived on the scene and was able to successfully revive the woman.
"Stephen Baldwin was a hero," Taylor said.