Teen hailed as hero for saving elderly man stuck on railroad tracks

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Downstate mom saves man in wheelchair from oncoming train.

Last week, 75-year-old Earl Moorman’s motorized wheelchair became stuck on railroad tracks near Ashley Aldridge’s home in Auburn. CHATHAM, Ill. – A young mother who rescued a wheelchair-bound man from an oncoming train is getting hero’s treatment in her central Illinois hometown. She reached him just in time, struggling at first but finally pulling Moorman from the wheelchair and carrying him to safety. “His back wheels were stuck on the track. Aldridge, the mother of 2 toddlers, was honored Monday as a “Hometown Hero” with a supermarket shopping spree in nearby Chatham, some 210 miles southwest of Chicago. “I’m pretty excited because we haven’t been able to buy a whole bunch of food for the kids,” Aldridge said at Chatham Country Market, where she grabbed $187 in free food in three minutes. “I’m glad I can finally make them real food and not macaroni and cheese all the time.” The shopping spree and other donations — free Amtrak tickets and an honorary black belt from a local martial arts school — come at a good time for Aldridge’s family. I tried again and I ended up lifting him just enough that I could tilt the wheelchair back and then I started pulling him. “Just as I pulled him back, the train hit his wheelchair,” she said. “His wheelchair exploded as soon as the train hit it.

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