The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 17, 1998 · Page 10
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Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 17, 1998
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AID SUNDAY, MAY 17. 1998 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL .._... n L , Photos by The Associated Press Norfolk Southern train conductor Robert Mohr (left) walks with an unidentified railroad employee beside Mohr's train Tuesday in Lafayette, Ind. Earlier in the day, Mohr saved the life of 19-month-old Emily Marshall. Miracle kick Conductor saves toddler who was playing on train track By REX W. HUPPKE The Associated Press LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Tila Marshall looked up from her flower garden when she heard the train whistle. Why, she wondered, is it blowing so long today? She looked around for Emily. Just moments ago, the 19-month-old had been right there, running her hands through the soil. Tila ran into the house yelling to 9-year-old Zachary: "Is your sister with you?" "I thought she was with you." Tila's stomach clenched into a knot. It was 1:45 p.m., last Tuesday, and conductor Robert Mohr and engineer Rod Lindley were sweating in the cab of the locomotive pulling Norfolk Southern's No. 146,100-cars long, through Lafayette. It's a route they've covered hundreds of times, starting to the west in Decatur, 111., and winding LINDLEY up in Bellevue, Ohio, about 10 miles south of Lake Erie. They had slowed to 24 mph as they sliced through south Lafayette, passing less than a block from Tila's wood-frame duplex. In the distance, Mohr spotted something on the right-hand side of the track. Lindley thought it might be a dog and blew the horn to scare it off. It didn't move, so he blew the horn again. And again. Whatever was on the tracks raised its head. Mohr saw a wide-eyed face, a tiny pony tail sticking straight up. "That's a baby!" Mohr hollered. And then everything happened so fast. Lindley hit the brakes, knowing full well he never could stop in time. Mohr bolted out the side door of the cab. Clinging to the outside of the moving train, he sidestepped along a ledge that runs the length of the locomotive. "I don't feel like any hero. I don't like that, I guess. I did what anybody would have done." Robert Mohr conductor for Norfolk Southern Lindley kept blowing the whistle. Blowing and praying. The emergency brakes slowed the train to about 10 mph as Mohr scrambled down a set of steps at the front of the locomotive and lowered himself to the snowguard at the very tip of the train. Responding to the whistle, Emily rolled off the rail and onto the rock-covered edge of the tracks. Better, Mohr thought, but still in the tram's path. As the horn blared and the brakes screamed, the distance kept closing: 40 feet, 20 feet, 10 feet. The conductor stretched his 5-foot-9 inch frame, extending his right leg to kick the girl out of the train's path. He knew there would be only one chance. Now! He felt his foot strike the baby as the locomotive swept by. Then he jumped from the moving train, uncertain whether his plan had worked. As he race toward the baby, he could see her face and light-brown hair highlighted in blood. But she was moving and he could hear her crying. "She's alive!" he thought. Mohr scooped her up and cradled her in his arms, yelling for a nearby neighbor to call an ambulance. "Let's go find mommy," Mohr said. He said it over and over again. When the paramedics arrived and tried to take Emily, she clung to Mohr's heavy blue, bloodstained shirt. "She didn't want me to let loose of her," he says. From her back yard, Tila Marshall had heard the brakes scream and the train roll to a stop. Then she heard the police sirens. Now, police officers were crossing the street toward her house. Tears streamed down her face as she watched them come. And then she screamed at them: "Don't you come here and tell me that's my baby. Don't you tell me that." Did your baby have a pony tail on top of her head? an officer asked. Tila's knees went weak. She almost passed out. An officer grabbed her. "Your baby's OK," he said. Some part of the train had just clipped her, and the blood was from four superficial cuts on her head. Emily was already on her way to St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, where her wounds would be closed with 20 stitches. There, doctors and nurses asked her for her name. Frightened, Emily just kept saying "Me. Me." Tila rushed to the hospital. Sobbing, she clung to Emily. She kept telling her daughter how sorry she was. When Mohr arrived home in rural Denver, Ind., Tuesday night, his family was waiting on the front porch, cheering their hero. "I don't feel like any hero," Mohr says. "I don't like that, I guess. I did what anybody would have done." Mohr has had some close calls before in his 23 years on the rails. There have been a couple of collisions with vehicles but never anything fatal and certainly never a small child. "As far as people on the tracks, there's no training," Mohr says. "I just had to try something. It had to be just all adrenaline." By Thursday afternoon, Emily was playing in the sunshine, proudly showing off her "boo boo" to anyone who cared to look. T TELEVISION Man accused of posing as surgeon using forged documents By The Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — A man who had been treating patients for four years was charged with faking medical credentials to pose as a heart and lung surgeon. Dennis Roark, 39, was arrested Friday on charges he forged a medical school degree and other documents that he used to obtain a Michigan doctor's license in 1994. If convicted, Roark could face up to 14 years in prison. "It's embarrassing for us. We wish it hadn't happened," said Tom Lindsay, director of the state medical licensing board. Investigators said Roark worked from 1994 until early this year in the urgent care center at Madison Community Hospital in suburban Detroit. Roark worked a few shifts a month at the hospital's walk-in clinic. He treated routine problems like headaches and backaches, said Tim Dengel, the hospital's chief operating officer. No patients complained about Roark's medical care and he never performed major surgery at Madison, Dengel said. The state pulled Roark's license April 2 following a routine background check conducted after he left the hospital and applied for a job in Lansing. NBC to rerun'Seinfeld' finale on Wednesday By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Just to make sure no one is left out, NBC is repeating the "Seinfeld" finale. And just to make sure the power of the series' popularity isn't wasted, the network is squeezing the rerun in on Wednesday, the last day of the rating sweeps period in which viewers are counted to determine commercial rates. "Although millions of people enjoyed Jerry Seinfeld's farewell last night, our phones have been lit up and we're aware that millions of other 'Seinfeld' fans weren't able to watch this historical TV event," NBC Entertainment President Warren Littlefield said. Approximately 76 million people watched Thursday as Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine faced WORLD WIDE WINDOWS, INC. a parade of past misdeeds while on trial for violating a "good Samaritans" law because they failed to help a fat carjacking victim — opt-, ing instead to videotape the crime with crude commentary. The 75-minute episode that aired Thursday had a 41.3 rating and 58 share, according to Nielsen Media Research. A rating repre^ sents 980,000 households and the share means that 58 percent ;oi; televisions in-use were tuned to "Seinfeld." ,.. : NBC had its own count, estimating that 108 million people saw some of the finale, including those who just tuned in for a few mini utes or were watching away from, their homes. 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