Stephen J. Younger, 49, yard brakeman, saved George H. Walker, 63, brakeman, from being killed by a train, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 10, 1939. Intently watching a passing train, Walker stood just outside the rail on a track on which a train of cars was being pushed at a speed of two m.p.h. Walker was struck in the back by the head car, staggered ahead of the car, which was a gondola, and fell on the rail. Younger, who stood eight feet from Walker, took a jump or two toward him, thrust his hands under Walker’s armpits, stood with one foot inside the rail, and tried to jerk Walker from the track. His mitts slipped, and he almost lost hold of Walker. Thinking there was not time to lower Walker and renew his hold, he swung Walker two feet inside the rail. The end of the gondola then struck Younger’s chest; and he turned quickly, fell to his hands and knees, and crawled ahead of the gondola for seven or eight feet. He then crawled over the rail, clearing the wheel by two or three feet, and gave a signal to stop the train. The gondola and part of another car passed over Walker before the train stopped. He was seriously injured but recovered.
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