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    Police Officer, Civilian Injured Saving Child

    Train Hits Stalled Van, 2 Rescuers Hurt
    MILWAUKEE (May 25) - A freight train
    smashed into a minivan stuck on the tracks
    Monday as a police officer struggled to help
    a man pull his wife and child to safety.
    They got the woman out but the 2-year-old
    boy was still inside when the 94-car train
    rammed the vehicle, crumpling the front
    and throwing the van into the two men. The
    child was unhurt, but both men suffered injuries,
    said Jim Gage, police chief in suburban
    Elm Grove.
    He said the men were underoing surgery
    and he didn’t know their conditions.
    It was not clear why the van was stopped on
    the tracks, but it appeared the driver, Monica
    Ensley-Partenfelder, 40, got caught in
    traffic, Gage said. The accident happened
    about 9:40 a.m., less than hour before the
    nearby start of the town’s Memorial Day
    parade, which was canceled because of the
    The husband, Scott Partenfelder, 47, had
    been traveling behind the van in another
    vehicle with two other children and went to
    help his wife and child along with the officer,
    Gage said.
    He identified the officer as John Krahn, 41,
    a 17-year veteran.
    A witness, Tim Weiner, told reporters that
    the officer was trying to save the child after
    helping get the mother.
    “He was reaching in the back when the
    train hit the car,” Weiner said. “He was trying
    to get the child out. It was unbelievable.
    This guy is a hero. ... He didn’t have to risk
    his life.”
    Associated Press writer M.L. Johnson contributed
    to this report.
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    to another life somewhere in the sun."
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    wow...prayers sent to all involved

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    Hope they recover quickly.

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    Hero indeed!
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    Wow, its an honor to have people like that in law enforcement and its a shame that people like that have to get hurt.

    Prayers for a speedy recovery
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    Prayer enroute to all involved...

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    Prayers for a speedy recovery for all involved!
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    Well done Officer Krahn. Full and speedy recovery for you and the father.
    Bit of update :

    The woman and child were unhurt, said Jim Gage, the police chief in suburban Elm Grove.

    The officer, 41-year-old John Krahn, was in satisfactory condition Monday evening following surgery, said Kim Wick, a spokeswoman for Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Milwaukee. Scott Partenfelder, 47, was in critical condition Monday night after surgery that lasted nearly eight hours, the hospital said.

    Gage said he was proud of Krahn, a 17-year veteran.

    "He did an awesome job," Gage said. "... I wish it would have been different. You don't want to see anybody getting hurt at all, especially a person like him, who's just been an awesome guy to work with and has done a great job for us."

    Witness Tim Weiner told reporters on the scene that he saw a police officer come "out of nowhere to help out." After the officer helped the woman, he tried to save the boy, Weiner said.

    "He was reaching in the back when the train hit the car," he said. "He was trying to get the child out. It was unbelievable. This guy is a hero .... He didn't have to risk his life."

    Weiner ran over to the officer and thought he hurt his leg and shoulder.

    "He just told me, 'Go to the car, get the kid out of there,'" he said. "Here he was laying in pain and all he thought about was getting that kid out. Amazing."

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    To a speedy recovery!

    That being said, I have some major raillines running through my jurisdiction. I probably hit a train delay 4-5 times a night. It always amazes me when people stop at red lights directly on the tracks, or even within about 30 feet of a rail line. Do they realize what's going to happen if a train derails? Maybe you're not on the tracks, but nosing up to the crossing arms is suicide too.
    "If anything worthwhile comes of this tragedy, it should be the realization by every citizen that often the only thing that stands between them and losing everything they hold dear... is the man wearing a badge." -- Ronald Reagan, in the wake of the deaths of 4 CHP troopers in the Newhall Incident, 1970

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odd View Post

    Well done Officer Krahn. Full and speedy recovery for you and the father.


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    Bravo Zulu , Ofc. Krahn. Prayers for fast and full recoveries to you and the father.

    "It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
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    I was listening to the radio at work today, a local talk show did about an hour on this accident. It was great that they were recognizing the Officer as the hero he is.
    For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true, kindly upon all who suffer for the cause, glorious upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn.

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