Robert E. Mohr saved Emily Marshall from being struck by a train, Lafayette, Indiana, May 12, 1998. Emily, 1, had wandered from her home to a nearby railroad track and was on the track as a freight train was approaching at about 24 m.p.h. Seeing her there, Mohr, 48, the train’s conductor, immediately left the cab of the lead locomotive and, the train then in emergency braking, assumed a position at the bottom of a set of stairs that extended to ground level at the front of the locomotive. Emily, meanwhile, moved to a point just outside one of the rails but remained in the path of the train. Crouching, Mohr extended his right leg in front of the train as it approached Emily, and when it reached her, he swung his leg and struck her, pushing her out of the train’s path. Mohr then jumped from the moving train and ran to Emily, who was lying beside the track. He picked her up and took her to arriving paramedics. Emily required hospital treatment for lacerations to her head that needed sutures, and she recovered. Mohr recovered from sore muscles and a minor scrape.
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