A boy (and how anyone knows it was a boy is never explained) came across a stalled car on the Southern Pacific right of way near Valley Boulevard and Boca Avenue in Alhambra. He ran along the tracks to Farnsworth Avenue and flagged down the oncoming Sunset Limited, The Times says.
The boy's actions saved the life of the driver, William Frasie McKeehan, 21, who was booked at the City Jail for being drunk.
Rather like the Lone Ranger, the boy left before giving police his name. As for McKeehan, he died Aug. 20, 1989, at the age of 53, 22 more years than he would have had if he hadn't been spared that night. Let's hope he made use of them.