Army Sgt. Joshua Michael, 34, was one of four people confirmed dead Thursday by Midland authorities after a Union Pacific freight train slammed into the float as it traversed a railroad crossing on its way to an honorary banquet.
Before the train slammed into the float, Josh 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 Josh has demonstrated as a two-tour Iraq war veteran. He was medically discharged with traumatic brain damage from two IED explosions and received two Purple Hearts.
Josh leaves behind his wife, Daylyn, and two children, Ryan (14) and Maci (7).
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