George J. Baisch saved Louis Deterville, Sr., from being killed by a train, Green Bay, Wisconsin, October 13, 1935. Deterville, 90, fell across a track on which a freight train was approaching at a speed of 10 m.p.h. George, 16, schoolboy, ran 42 feet to the track and crossed it. He turned, straddled the rail, and, bending over, grasped Deterville’s arm and pulled him two feet but then lost his hold. The locomotive was then 50 feet from Deterville. George then stood 10 inches outside the rail with Deterville’s head between his legs, and, with his hands under Deterville’s armpits, pulled him from the track as he walked backward several steps. As the locomotive passed, moving at a reduced speed of 5 m.p.h., there was a clearance of not more than 30 inches between George and the train’s steam chest. Deterville sustained a fracture of the shoulder and severe lacerations of the arm as the result of his fall.
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