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Fundraiser Held for Train Crash Heroes>

About 1,000 people turned out Saturday to help raise money for two men injured in a Memorial Day train collision in Elm Grove.
/ Source: WTMJ-TV and JSOnline.com

About 1,000 people turned out Saturday to help raise money for two men injured in a Memorial Day train collision in Elm Grove.

ELM GROVE - They were severely injured when a train crashed into them on Memorial Day. Now, two men who risked their lives to save a boy are getting a big thank you from the Elm Grove community.

"It's really overwhelming," comments Officer John Krahn. "There's not a day that goes by I don't think about it."

"It" all happened when Monica Partenfelder's van was stuck on the train tracks in Elm Grove. She was able to get out but her son, Mack, was stuck in his car seat.

Scott Partenfelder says, "For us as a family, it was a pretty scary day."

Scott Partenfelder and Officer Krahn frantically tried to get the 2-year-old boy out but the train beat them to it, smashing into the vehicle, severely injuring the two men. Mack wasn't hurt.

Saturday nearly a thousand people turned out for a fundraiser to help pay for both the mens' medical bills. They total in the hundreds of thousands and counting.

Krahn is going through physical therapy three times per week. Partenfelder has another surgery in the coming weeks on his vocal chords, which were injured during his last surgery.

"We're really thankful for the prayers and the support and the care we have all gotten," says Partenfelder.

Through it all there has been community by their side, which like Officer Krahn, acted when someone needed help.

Officer Krahn adds, "I've accomplished what I set out to do. I made a difference as a person and as a police officer."

As far as the train accident, Elm Grove police are still investigating a cause, but investigators should have a determination by the end of the month.

The Partenfelders say this accident showed them firsthand the importance of properly strapping your child into a safety seat.