- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

AUBURN, Ill. (AP) - Dick Durbin has taken to the U.S. Senate floor to honor a young central Illinois mother who rescued a man whose wheelchair became stuck on railroad tracks as a train approached.

The U.S. senator recounted the story Tuesday during a three-minute speech in Washington. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (https://bit.ly/1LwoAS9 ) that Durbin had a large picture of 19-year-old Ashley Aldridge of Auburn on an easel as he spoke.

Durbin called the mother of two toddlers an inspiration and said she “risked her own life to save the life of a man she never met.”

Aldridge heard 75-year-old Earl Moorman screaming on Sept. 15. She ran out of her nearby home and pulled him off of his motorized wheelchair as a train approached. Moorman’s wheelchair was destroyed.

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Information from: The State Journal-Register, https://www.sj-r.com

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