Sherman Ivett Irwin, 45, train conductor, saved an unidentified girl, about 6, from being killed by a train, Holbrook, Arizona, December 23, 1958. While other pedestrians were waiting at a railroad crossing for a passenger train to pass through, the unidentified girl left the woman who was with her and ran to midway the rails of the track on which the train was approaching at a speed of 80 m.p.h. Irwin was among the group and saw the girl when the train was 200 feet from the crossing. He ran 12 feet onto the track and reached the girl in the path of the oncoming train, which then was 50 feet away and traveling at undiminished speed. Without stopping Irwin seized the girl by the back of her coat and pushed her ahead of him as he ran. The train was within 15 feet of Irwin and the girl as they cleared its path and ran from the crossing. The train passed without stopping.
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