Joseph Kenneth Sheldon attempted to save Doris B. Lyons and Elizabeth Thompson from being struck by an electric car, St. Davids, Pennsylvania, January 25, 1973. At night while using a railroad station walkway, Mrs. Lyons, 59, and Mrs. Thompson, 58, reached a track on which an electric car was approaching. One of the women fell, her foot having become caught alongside the rail of the car’s track, and the other woman helped her companion to her knees. Sheldon, 29, biology professor, saw that both women were in the path of the oncoming car. He ran to them and tried in vain to lift the woman whose foot was caught. With the electric car almost upon them, Sheldon made a final effort to get the two women out of the car’s path. He then attempted to leap aside, but the car struck all three persons. The two women were killed. Sheldon suffered shoulder and head injuries from which he recovered.
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