Such a beautiful story. This man was willing to throw down his life so the girl could live.
From Huffington Post:
Two years ago, when a racehorse at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., broke free from his handler and bolted for the gate, a 90-year-old man named John Shear threw his body over a 5-year-old girl who was in the animal’s path.
“You cannot stop and think, ‘Should I or shouldn’t I?'” Shear, a former jockey, told ESPN’s E:60. “There’s a 5-year-old girl. I’m 90 years old. She hasn’t had a life. I’ve had a life. You’ve gotta save that life.”
“I kept saying to myself, ‘Is that Roxy? Where is she?’ I was on pins and needles waiting to see her,” Shear said. “And when I finally see her come out and dance, it felt so exhilarating. I can hardly explain. I felt so emotional in my heart.”