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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

[WI] Time out for a hero: Elm Grove Police Officer John Krahn

"...When I saw him he was in agony, pain. His leg was bent back and he just yelled at me and said, get the kid out of the car..."


  1. Man in critical after train accident
    Updated: Tuesday, 26 May 2009, 2:53 AM CDT
    Published : Monday, 25 May 2009, 11:57 AM CDT

    MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee-area man who helped his wife and two-year-old son escape a train crash in Elm Grove is in critical condition after eight hours of surgery.

    "All of a sudden the gates started coming down - a scary feeling - cars in between and they started moving back and forth to get off the tracks," said witness Tim Weiner.

    Weiner watched in horror as the mini-van got stuck on the tracks. Two men ran to help. One was the woman's husband, who had been following in another car. The other was an Elm Grove police officer.

    "This guy's a hero- came out of nowhere, opened the door to try and get her out," said Weiner.

    The woman was pulled to safety, just before impact.

    But her child inside was still inside, with both rescuers frantically trying to save him.

    "The vehicle was pushed and they were caught up in the vehicle as it was being pushed either by open car doors or the vehicle itself, " said Elm Grove Police Chief Jim Gage.

    "When I saw him he was in agony, pain. His leg was bent back and he just yelled at me and said, get the kid out of the car, and I thought, oh my god there's kids in the car," said Weiner.

    The injured officer was more concerned about the little boy, still in his car seat, somehow, unharmed.

    "It's just unbelievable. This guy is a hero," said Weiner.

    Investigators don't know why the mini-van was stopped on the rails.

    They believe the 40 year old driver was stuck in traffic.


  2. Father expected to recover following Elm Grove train accident
    Hospitalized police officer 'knows he escaped death by a margin'
    May 27, 2009

    ELM GROVE - The day after a train accident injured a man rescuing his family and a police officer that helped him, the Elm Grove Police Department continues to investigate and feel the effects of the Memorial Day accident.

    "This has impacted us immensely. Many of the officers witnessed this and (Officer) John (Krahn) getting hit," Elm Grove Assistant Chief Gus Moulas said.

    Krahn, a 17-year veteran with the Elm Grove Police Department, was injured Monday as he attempted to help Scott Partenfelder, 47, of West Allis pull his wife and small child from a minivan stuck in the path of an oncoming 94-car freight train.

    A Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital spokeswoman said Partenfelder was still in critical condition late Tuesday evening. His mother-in-law, Pam West, said he was expected to recover.

    Krahn remained in satisfactory condition late Tuesday.

    The accident occurred on the railroad tracks at Elm Grove Road and Juneau Boulevard, just before the community's Memorial Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Monday, leading to the cancelation of the annual event.



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