Paul H. Doyle, 13, schoolboy, saved Ralph G. Bailey, 40, from being killed by a train, Port Leyden, New York, June 23, 1964. At a rail road crossing Bailey, who was crippled by muscular dystrophy and could walk only with two canes, drove his motorized invalid car onto the single track, on which a freight train was approaching at 30 miles an hour. The three-wheeled vehicle, which weighed about 400 pounds, stalled astride a rail, and Bailey tried frantically to restart the motor. Paul saw Bailey’s predicament, let his bicycle fall, and ran six feet to the crossing. He faced the train and waved his arms to signal the engineer to stop, but the train continued at undiminished speed toward the crossing. Paul ran six feet on the timbers of the crossing and reached the rear of Bailey’s car when the train’s engine was within 500 feet of him. Standing between the rails, Paul pushed on the car but could not move it because it was in drive gear. Bailey then placed the car in neutral. Pushing with effort, Paul moved the vehicle over the rail when the engine was within 200 feet of them. Paul continued pushing the car with Bailey in it, away from the track as the train passed at unreduced speed.
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