Eberhard W. Pfaller saved Elisabeth A. Hawkins from being struck by a train, Beverly, Massachusetts, July 10, 1993. Ms. Hawkins, 70, fell while crossing a railroad track on which a train was approaching at about 40 m.p.h. A friend who was in her party, Pfaller, 65, retired colonel, saw her fall and immediately ran to her. As the train, in emergency braking, bore down on them, Pfaller grasped Ms. Hawkins by the shoulders and dragged her from the track seconds before the front of the train passed them. The front of the train was well beyond the crossing when the train stopped. Ms. Hawkins recovered from minor injuries.
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