Former President Bush praises heroism of Plainview boys

Published: Feb. 2, 2015 at 7:09 PM CST|Updated: Aug. 3, 2015 at 6:09 PM CDT
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Letter from George W. Bush
Letter from George W. Bush

PLAINVIEW, TX (KCBD) - Former President George W. Bush has reached out to praise the heroism of two Plainview boys who rescued a man stuck on the train tracks back in December 2014.

Korbin and Kolten McCulloch were driving home from feeding pigs in Hale County when they spotted a pickup stuck on the tracks.

They saw a man and a dog in the truck. The boys were planning to call their father and have the pickup towed off, but then they noticed an oncoming train and knew they had to act.

The boys grabbed the man and his dog and got clear just as the train hit the truck. Korbin stayed a little too long and got a little too close, but fortunately got away with nothing but a deep bruise on his right foot.

"People kept telling me that you're a little too brave, next time don't get close to the train, run a little faster," Korbin said.

"I feel like I had to do it. We were the only ones that could have prevented that to happen," Kolten said. "I know we saved a guy and a dog's life and not many people can say they've done that."

In his letter, Bush said:

I recently learned some wonderful things about your heroism and was touched by your story. Your remarkable act to help a fellow citizen in need reflects the great character of our Nation, and your bravery and compassion are an inspiration.

As young citizens and future leaders, you have an important role to play for our country. I encourage you to study hard in school, reach out to those in need, and never doubt that you can make a difference.

Mrs. Bush and I send our best wishes. May God bless you.


George W. Bush

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