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Profiles: Keith Louis Putnam summary (Carnegie Hero Medal winner)

August 6, 1998. Keith Louis Putnam is a passenger in a car passing through Hanahan, South Carolina at night. He and the driver pull over when they see a car stuck at a railroad track at a nearby crossing. They see a train, traveling at about 45 M.P.H., approaching on the track. Keith jumps out of his car and rushes to the stalled vehicle, finding 21-year-old Layonee R. Phillips unconscious in the driver's seat. He pulls her from the car and drags her to safety. Despite the train bearing down on the car, Keith returns to make sure no-one has been left behind. Too late. The train strikes the car, which strikes Keith, killing him. Keith was 14.


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