Noel St-Germain saved Elsie D. de la Haye from being struck by a train, Montreal West, Quebec, February 13, 1969. At a railroad station, St-Germain, 46, optometrist, saw Mrs. de la Haye, 80, walking along a wooden crosswalk toward a track on which a train was approaching at about 10 m.p.h. When he saw her move onto the track, he feared she would not clear the path of the train, then nearing the crosswalk. St-Germain ran onto the slippery walk, which sloped downward. As the engineer applied the emergency brakes, St-Germain lunged at Mrs. de la Haye and pushed her ahead of him across the track. Both then fell with their legs still in the path of the oncoming train. St-Germain grasped the legs of Mrs. de la Haye and pulled them from the track, at the same time drawing his own legs away and clearing the train’s path. The train narrowly missed them as it passed over the crosswalk and stopped some distance beyond.
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