James Davidson Hay, 27, schoolteacher, saved Eryl A. Bullock, 4, from being struck by a train, Skeena, British Columbia, June 28, 1968. Eryl was midway the ends of a single-track railroad bridge when a train was heard approaching. Hay stepped onto the track at one end of the bridge and, with his back to the train, ran 70 feet to Eryl. Grasping her, he continued toward the opposite end of the bridge with the train following at decreasing speed, the engineer having begun emergency braking. Hay was about four feet from the end of the bridge when the sound of the train indicated to him that it was almost upon them. Flinging Eryl onto the bank at the end of the bridge, Hay dived after her; but a projection of the engine struck his knee. The train passed, stopping nearly 3,000 feet beyond the bridge. Eryl sustained only minor abrasions, but Hay required hospitalization.
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