Catherine Rinaldi, president of Metro-North and interim president of the Long Island Rail Road for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), recognized five employees for their bravery in saving a three-year-old kid who had gotten into the train tracks close to the Tarrytown station.
William Kennedy, a locomotive engineer, was driving a southbound Hudson Line train north of Tarrytown on Thursday, April 6, at around 3:15 p.m. When he saw an object and realized a young child was on the northbound track, he sent out an emergency radio to all nearby train crews.
As northbound Train 737 approached the site, locomotive engineer Shawn Loughran and an engineer trainee drove the train slowly until they observed the youngster on a track close to, then on top of, an electrified third rail.
Assistant Conductor Marcus Higgins leaped on the track after the train stopped, dashed in front of it for 40 yards, grabbed the boy, and carried him inside. The team was subsequently welcomed by Tarrytown EMS and MTAPD officers when they returned to Tarrytown Station.
Max Chong and Christopher Fraina, signal maintainers, were on their way to the scene to assist when they came across the mother and sister of the missing three-year-old, who was seen crying on a street corner and explaining the situation.
The group discovered they were all hunting for the same youngster when a Sleepy Hollow police officer arrived and cited a missing child report.
The Metro-North signal maintainers heard a report of a youngster finding at Tarrytown station on their radios.
In Tarrytown, the family was taken to the platform by train workers and police officials, where mother and boy were reunited.
The youngster has autism, according to the boy’s mother.