A group of five quick-thinking rail workers are being hailed as heroes after their rescue efforts saved the life of a toddler who was spotted on the train tracks near Tarrytown, New York.

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Thanks to the efforts of Train Operator William Kennedy, who alerted nearby train crews of the situation, northbound Train 737 was stopped and the crew sprang into action.

Making The Rescue

Assistant Conductor Marcus Higgins wasted no time in jumping off the train to rescue the 3-year-old boy who was dangerously close to an electrified rail. The child's mother had reported that he had autism and had somehow managed to get onto the tracks. Signal Maintainers Max Chong and Christopher Fraina were already on their way to help when they stumbled upon the boy's mother and sister on a nearby street corner.

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The situation could have turned out very differently if not for the quick-thinking and heroic efforts of these rail workers. Even after the boy was safely rescued, their dedication to their jobs was clear as they remembered hearing radio reports of a missing child and made sure to inform the arriving Sleepy Hollow police officer of their rescue efforts.

“In the heat of the moment when you see a child in this situation, your first instinct is to make sure they’re safe,” Higgins said in the release.

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The crew brought the boy back to the Tarrytown station, where he was reunited with his mother.

Praised Heros

The five employees received commendations for their heroic actions.

“It’s a great feeling knowing that we were able to help reunite this family,” Fraina said. “In those minutes that must have felt like hours to them, I’m so glad we were in the right place at the right time.”

Read More Here: USA Today

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