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Hereford veteran killed in Midland train accident

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Army Sergeant Joshua Michael Army Sergeant Joshua Michael

Among those killed in Thursday's fatal train collision was a former Army Sergeant from Hereford.

The Midland City manager says 34-year-old Army Sergeant Joshua Michael was killed in the accident when a train collided with the float he and other wounded veterans and their spouses.

Before the train slammed into the float, witnesses say Michael displayed an ultimate act of courage when he quickly reacted and shoved his wife, Daylyn, off the float.

Daylyn is the only confirmed person on the float which escaped without any injuries.

This act of courage is something which Michael has demonstrated as a two-tour Iraq war veteran.

He was medically discharged with traumatic brain damage from two IED explosions and was awarded two purple hearts for his service.

A web site has been set up in the Sergeant's name to benefit the Michael family. 
 
The site says a portion of the money donated will also go to a charity of the family's choice. 

A statement was posted on that web site on the families behalf which reads:

"Words cannot express our grief or our feelings in this moment of profound loss.

Josh was the kind of man who fought for what he believed in and for those he loved.

Through two tours of duty in Iraq, having been wounded in combat and receiving two purple hearts... His love of country and for his wife, Daylyn and their two children shone through.

The family appreciates everyone's thoughts and prayers in this very difficult time."

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