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Marshawn Farr-Robinson and his mother, Kim Robinson, center, joined St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith, Mayor Chris Coleman and Regions Hospital officials in thanking the emergency workers who helped save Marshawn’s life when his feet were severed by a moving train.

Joe Pollock,

Responders recognized in rescue of St. Paul boy after train accident

  • Article by: NICOLE NORFLEET
  • Star Tribune
  • October 31, 2013 - 9:47 PM

First responders who helped saved the life of a St. Paul boy whose feet were severed by a train this summer were honored Thursday.

Marshawn Farr-Robinson, then 9, was trying to hop onto the ladder of a moving freight train close to his home near Farrington Street and W. Ivy Avenue when he fell and had his feet severed at the ankles, according to witnesses.

The boy crawled away from the tracks and was met by local residents who called authorities.

On Thursday at Regions Hospital, Dr. Aaron Burnett, assistant medical director for Regions Emergency Medical Services, along with Marshawn and his mother, Mayor Chris Coleman and Police Chief Tom Smith, recognized the St. Paul police officer and Fire Department medics who responded to the scene that day.

Officer Marshall Titus was the first emergency responder to arrive on the scene. He applied a tourniquet to stop bleeding in Marshawn’s legs.

Months before the Aug. 15 train accident, Regions had provided training to the St. Paul fire and police departments on how to use the tourniquets that were included in trauma packs provided for St. Paul police squad cars this year.

St. Paul Fire Capt. Randy Lundberg, paramedics Kelly Madigan and Wally Barry and emergency medical technician Larry Bartlett continued care for Marshawn as they rushed him to the hospital.

NICOLE NORFLEET

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