Christopher M. Egan saved William J. Ferrell from being struck by a train, Fairborn, Ohio, August 4, 1996. When Ferrell, 19, became ill while driving and lost consciousness, his automobile left the highway and came to a stop partially atop a railroad track. Another motorist, Egan, 24, carpenter, stopped at the scene and ran to Ferrell’s car, where he became aware that a freight train was approaching, at 35 m.p.h. Egan first attempted to back Ferrell’s car off the track but was unsuccessful. As the train, although in emergency braking, neared, he leaned farther into the car, grasped Ferrell, and pulled him out. Egan then lost his footing and fell to the ground, next to the car, Ferrell atop him. Before Egan could move Ferrell and himself away, the train struck the front of Ferrell’s car, knocking it off the track. Neither Egan nor Ferrell was injured.
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