Friends Remembered: Earl C. Moorman


Earl C. Moorman
Photo by Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register. Ashley Marie Aldridge, right, hugs Earl Moorman, whom she saved from being struck by a train days earlier.

Earl C. Moorman, 79, of Auburn, Illinois, died Saturday, March 30, 2019, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. In 2015, Carnegie Hero Ashley Marie Aldridge pulled Moorman from his motorized wheelchair that had become stuck on the railroad tracks at a crossing near his home. With a train traveling at 78 m.p.h. bearing down on them, Aldridge lifted him from the chair and backed away with him seconds before the train struck the wheelchair destroying it. Moorman was born Jan. 27, 1940, in Harford, Kentucky, to Earl and Mildred Hurt Moorman. He married Jean Fish on April 27, 1963. He is survived by his wife; daughter, Dana Beck; two grandchildren, Wyatt and Stephane Beck; and three brothers, Micky, Donald, and Jerry Moorman. He was preceded in death by one brother, Ken Moorman; and one sister, Janice Brashears.