"I owe my son's life, as well as many others. They were inches away from him, and he saved their lives," Mr. Cox said of Mr. Therrien, a Riverside resident. "He's a hero in my book."
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Derek Cox, a friend of victim Andrew Therrien, told KABC-TV in Los Angeles that Mr. Therrien, 22, pushed children out of the way as the truck barreled toward them.