Julian Shaw is a fan of the show MythBusters. Mark O’Dwyer is alive today because of that fact. O’Dwyer, 54 almost bought the farm when he fainted and fell onto the track at Lisarow train station.
Shaw was waiting for his train with school friends when he saw the older man fall onto the tracks. The 9th grader leapt onto the tracks lifting the heavier man up with a freight train closing in on them.
The teen who is a member of the punk rock band Checkered Fist moved O’Dwyer to the edge of the track and rolled him under the platform. There was still danger though as the suction on the now passing train tried to pull them into it. That’s where MythBusters comes in.
“[As the train roared past] the noise pierced your ears and there was a suction that pulled us in,” Julian said.
“I’d seen that on MythBusters, so I stayed right back and pulled Mark back towards me.”
The young man is a hero now. He stayed with O’Dwyer until an ambulance arrived to carry the North Gosford resident to hospital. The older man is very grateful for the fast thinking that prompted Julian to risk his own life while saving him.
Shaw has used the experience to write a song featuring the chorus, “I saved your soul.”
The Department of Education has sent the young hero a formal letter of commendation.
“It was scary [but] I probably would have felt heaps bad if I didn’t jump in,” he said.
“Everyone at school knows about it – kids are buying me ice-blocks and hamburgers.”
O’Dwyer suffered a back injury, three fractured ribs, a fractured shoulder, damaged knee and general bruising. He is now recovering at home.
“What an amazing young man,” said Mr O’Dwyer,”What he did was amazing. He took it upon himself and saved my life.
“I was very emotional [afterwards], I gave him a hug and thanked him for saving my life.”