Amtrak Teen Hero Honored at City Council Meeting

By John W. Davis

July 12, 2011 Updated Jul 12, 2011 at 10:32 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Fort Wayne's Amtrak Angel was honored by Fort Wayne City Council Tuesday night.

Alex Graham received a plaque and a round of applause before the meeting.

Graham was riding Amtrak's "California Zephyr last month, when a semi-truck slammed into the train at a rail crossing in Nevada.

Six people were killed.

However, Graham is being a called a hero because he pulled numerous passengers to safety.

"It makes you realize how fragile you are and it just shows that you can't take anything for granted and that life is to be appreciated," said 18-year-old Fort Wayne Resident Alex Graham.

Graham, a 2011 graduate of South Side High School, was on graduation trip with his mother, to visit his uncle.

He'll attend IPFW or the University of Saint Francis in the fall.

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