Heroic crossing guard saves man's life

Crossing guard Penny Easter risked her own life to save a man who had fallen onto the train tracks...

Crossing guard Penny Easter risked her own life to save a man who had fallen onto the train tracks just as a freight train approached.

RONALD ZAJAC, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

BROCKVILLE - A crossing guard rushed onto the train tracks on Ormond Street Wednesday morning to save the life of a man who had fallen as a freight train approached.

City officials say Penny Easter risked her own life to save the unidentified man as she worked her shift at the crossing, just north of Brockville General Hospital, between 8:30 and 9 a.m.

Easter, 40, said she acted on instinct when the man was in danger.

"I didn't take time to think what I was doing," she said.

With the benefit of a few hours to think about it, Easter said she would do it again, without hesitation.

The man, whom she described as either late middle-aged or a young senior, is a regular at the crossing, she said.

He was standing on the south side of the tracks with another man of roughly the same age, as well as his dog, when the warning lights on nearby Park Street started going off and he decided he should cross, added Easter.

"By the time he got to the middle, my lights had started and he tripped on the north side track," she said.

"He was lying flat, face-first. I went in and grabbed underneath his arm and got him to his knee, held onto his dog and said, like: 'We've got to get out of the way' because the train was like 30 feet away."

Easter said she threw her Stop sign aside and rushed to help him as soon as she realized he had fallen.

The man was not injured, added Easter.

"He was more concerned about his dog," she said. "When he went face-first he just kept calling for 'Benny'."

The man walked on without saying anything after, perhaps in shock, she said.

"I think he was more humiliated," she said. "He'll talk to me tomorrow or the next day."


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