in 1907 a Mexican railroad worker named Jesus Garcia saved an entire mining town by jumping onto a burning train loaded with dynamite. Realizing the fire was spreading, he drove the train in reverse downhill at full-steam for 6km before the dynamite exploded, killing him but sparing the town.
However, the likelihood is that you will have never heard of this guy! That’s because he’s an unsung hero!
At the age of just 17, Jesus Garcia was working on the railways in the mining town of Nacozari in Sonora. He worked hard and quickly got promoted through the ranks from Waterboy to Brakeman, but no one yet knew what a heroic act he would do.
At the age of 23, whilst engaged, whilst on a break from work, he noticed that hay on a train carriage had caught fire, and the carriage was carrying dynamite. With no better idea, Jesus hopped straight onto the train, and reversed it 6km out of the town, in an act which no doubt saved the lives of many from the town. However, when the dynamite blew up, he did not survive.
Those near the explosion report that once the explosion had happened, there was gravel and metal raining down for a few minutes, however, all they found of their here were his boots, which were interred at his grave.
Therefore, it’s definitely not a surprise that he has a statue in the town Nacozari which pays tribute to his final act, and they even decided to name the town after him. Nacozari de Garcia. It’s definitely not hard to realise why he is well known all across Mexico. The current railway staff are probably not complaining either, as to commemorate this day, on November 7th, all of the railway staff, except essential workers are allowed to day off to pay tribute.