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War veteran Joshua Michael is a two-time Purple Heart recipient, but he was unable to see what would have been his third Purple Heart after being tragically killed after pushing his own wife out of the way of a moving train.

According to Radar Online, this past Thursday, Joshua was a part of a Veteran’s Day float in a Midland, Texas parade, when a Union Pacific freight train hit the float, killing him and three other men.

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His family has recently said in a statement:

“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 childrenshone through. The family appreciates everyone’s thoughts and prayers in this very difficult time.”

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An eyewitness described the gruesome incident and deaths of the men to the Associated Press:

“It was a horrible accident to watch happen right in front of me. I just saw the people on the semi-truck’s trailer panic, and many started to jump off the trailer. But it was too late for many of them.”

Joshua’s act was more than heroic and we send our prayers to all the victims and their familieis of the train crash.

SOURCE: Radar Online