Colin P. Cooper saved Charles H. Keever from being struck by a train, Kissimmee, Florida, December 8, 1966. Crossing tracks as he hurried toward a railroad station, Keever, 83, tripped and then scrambled on all fours toward the station platform. Cooper, 24, clerk-telegrapher, was on the platform and saw that Keever was going to cross a track on which a train was approaching at about 35 m.p.h. Running 25 feet, Cooper reached Keever as the latter started to cross the track, still in a crouching position. In continuous movement, Cooper stooped enough to grasp Keever around the waist with one arm, stepped over the rail, turned, and put his other arm around Keever’s waist also. Moving backward from the track, Cooper pulled Keever from the path of the train, which narrowly missed them as it passed at undiminished speed.
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