Billy Lee Herron saved Woody Begay from being struck by a train, Gallup, New Mexico, April 24, 1976. At night, Begay, about 52, was lying almost unconscious on a railroad track on which a train was approaching. When Begay did not move despite the train’s whistle, Herron, 37, railroad brakeman, left the cab of the locomotive and descended steps at its front end as the train slowed due to emergency braking. Herron jumped from the locomotive onto the ground and then ran alongside the slowing train, outdistancing it. Reaching Begay, Herron grasped him with both hands and removed him from the path of the train, which stopped a short distance beyond them.
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