Edward C. Hodgkiss saved Nicholas Danchisko from being killed by a train, Linden, New Jersey, May 11, 1931. Nicholas, 4, started to cross a track on which a train was approaching at a speed of 55 m.p.h., turned midway between the rails, and slowly began to retrace his steps. Hodgkiss, 41, railroad conductor, who was in charge of a work train on another track, ran at an angle across several tracks and for 145 feet, passing over rough ballast, to him. Without stopping, he grasped Nicholas from behind, lifted him, and ran off the track, stumbling as he got into the clear. He cleared the train, which did not reduce speed, by only 10 feet.
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