Darrald Waterman helped to save Frank F. Wharton from being struck by a train, Merced, California, May 14, 2000. Wharton, 61, who required the use of a power scooter, was crossing a railroad track at a roadway crossing when the scooter became lodged between the rails of the track as a train approached. Motorists stopped at the crossing included Waterman, 40, respiratory therapist, who, alerted to Wharton’s situation, immediately exited his vehicle and ran to him. Waterman attempted to dislodge the scooter before being joined shortly by another motorist. As the train bore down on them at undiminished speed, Waterman and the other man pulled on the scooter to dislodge it, and they moved Wharton from the track just before the train passed, without slowing.
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