California Highway Patrol Capt. Barry Koenig, right, presented the Carnegie Medal to Stephanie Melinda Marino in an Oct. 24, 2017 presentation held at the highway patrol’s office in Stockton, Calif.
Marino saved a man from being struck by a train in June 2016. The man was a passenger in a sport utility vehicle that left a highway and came to rest on a set of two railroad tracks. Seeing the accident, Marino ran to the vehicle and helped the man out of it.
As a train approached at 70 m.p.h., Marino grabbed the man, who seemed dazed, and pulled him away from the vehicle. She maintained her grip on the man as the train struck the vehicle knocking it about 10 feet away and causing both of them to fall to the ground, debris from the impact striking them.
Accompanying Marino at the ceremony were her daughter, Angelique Marino, her mother, Kit Neustel, and family friend, Samira Jones.
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