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March 03, 2010
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Wis. officer pays the price for bravery

Officer John Krahn is still recovering from a train crash nine months ago

PoliceOne Staff

MILWAUKEE — Officer John Krahn is still recovering from injuries sustained during a rescue mission nine months ago.

According to, the Elm Grove officer put himself in front of an oncoming train to free a 2-year-old child stuck in a minivan on the tracks.

He broke his shoulder blade, pelvis, four ribs, and left leg in the crash, and is on too much medication and in too much pain to return to street work. The child's car seat left the boy stuck inside without injury.

The local community calls the 18-year veteran a hero for his actions during the crash.

In an interview with, Krahn said, ""I remember the impact and getting thrown through the air and bouncing along the ground as I tried to stop myself. I remember laying there on the ground thinking to myself, 'Am I dying now?'"

After five surgeries (he's about to go through a sixth), his leg still hasn't recovered, and Officer Krahn is doing physical therapy in the meantime. He says if he was asked to make the sacrifice again, he would.

Because of his bravery, Krahn has been nominated for recognition from the television show "America's Most Wanted All-Star."

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