John H. Kohl saved Jeanne M. Defibaugh from being struck by a train, Cresson, Pennsylvania, July 27, 1985. Jeanne, 2, was sitting between the rails of a track on which a train was approaching at 25 m.p.h. When the train’s engineer applied its emergency brakes and sounded the horn and bell, Jeanne stood up and ran about 20 feet away before sitting on a rail. Kohl, 42, the train’s brakeman, left the cab of the lead locomotive and descended to the bottom step at the front of the locomotive. While holding on to a railing with one hand and extending a leg in front of the train, he leaned toward Jeanne. As the train bore down on her, Kohl grabbed her clothing and pushed her off the track. Except for minor scratches and abrasions, Jeanne was uninjured.
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