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Video: Wisc. Officer Who Saved Family from Train Leaves Agency

June 19, 2011  | 

The Wisconsin police officer who saved a family from an oncoming train, suffering serious injuries and gaining acclaim as a national "officer of the month" has left his agency.

In May, John Krahn left his post working desk duty with the Elm Grove (Wisc.) Police Department, reports Elm Grove Now. Krahn has been undergoing surgeries to repair extensive damage to his legs.

During a Memorial Day parade in May of 2009, Krahn risked his life to extricate a family from a minivan stopped on railroad tracks. While attempting to open a stuck vehicle door to pull out a 2-year-old boy, the train struck the vehicle. Krahn was thrown eight feet into the air and 60 feet from the minivan.

Krahn's heroism earned him the Officer of the Month from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund for December of 2009. POLICE Magazine captured Krahn's story during National Police Week in 2010.

Watch that interview:

Comments (6)

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George Duffey @ 6/20/2011 9:17 PM

John thank you for you service, duty, loyalty and integrity. Your actions are very commendable and deserving of the highest award and commendation and I pray for you. 8Sam1

mtarte @ 6/21/2011 12:07 PM

Did he retire on a disability or did he resign? This article is pretty unclear as to how and why he left.

Tom O @ 6/21/2011 12:28 PM

Whatever his reason, I hope he is okay with it; and I wish him the best.

JJ Golliday @ 6/23/2011 9:06 AM

Bravery, courage, and commitment. This officer is a shining example of all of these things. God Bless you sir. Best wishes for a full recovery.

John Krahn @ 1/1/2013 2:03 AM

I did end up going out on disability. I waited over a year and a half after my accident and the doctors told me there is no way I could ever do the job of a cop again. Leaving my job as a cop was one of the very hardest things I have had to do. I miss the jobe beyond words. I get around for the most part with the use of a cane or a crutch. Thank you very much for the kind comments.

Ken Domenosky @ 5/30/2015 1:48 PM

John, I want to personally extend my profound thanks for your most honorable service to your family and community. Your instant reaction and placing your own life to save that child and his mother is beyond words. You are truly a hero!

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