BNSF Railway’s Grade Crossing Safety team and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office will recognize two Spring Hill women for saving a man’s life last week when his car became stuck on railroad tracks at a closed crossing. The women pulled the man from the car as a train approached.
The good Samaritans, Kachalle Young and Amber Kopaczewski, of Spring Hill, will be recognized and presented with gifts during a presentation at BNSF’s Technical Training Center at Johnson County Community College. Kopaczewski is a JCCC student.
After the presentation the women will be allowed to operate a locomotive simulator, used to train locomotive engineers, for a rare view of the tracks from an engineer’s perspective.
The presentation will begin at 10: 30 a.m., Friday, July 9 in the ITC Building, room 25, of the Technical Training Center, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan. The center is also known as the National Academy of Railroad Sciences. The recognition event will include members of BNSF’s Police team and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office who responded to the emergency.