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John Rooney

"Died at his post," would be a fitting epitaph over the grave of John Rooney, the unfortunate victim of the late railroad disaster. Many accounts have been given of railway employes sacrificing their lives to serve that of others, and John Rooney's name is to be added to that scroll of honor. The moment he discovered the misplaced switch he could have leaped from his locomotive and perhaps saved his life, but at the expense of his precious freight. The train was filled with passengers whose lives hung in his hands, and nobly did he perform his duty. The air brakes were applied, the engine reversed, and John Rooney with one hand on the throttle and the other on the reverse lever of his engine met death at his post. Not one of the passengers was injured, and to one man alone can they attribute their escape. That one was John Rooney, who was laid in his grave yesterday. -- Ft. Wayne Gazette.

Newspaper: Porter County Vidette
Date of Publication: March 6, 1879
Volume Number: 23
Issue Number: 10
Page: 3
Column(s): 3

Key to Newspaper Publication Locations:
    Newspapers Published in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
                Chesterton Tribune
                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

    Newspapers Published in Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
                Valparaiso Practical Observer
                Vidette and Republic
                Western Ranger

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