A government official said Thursday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will present a letter of appreciation to the family of Natsue Murata, the woman who died on Tuesday morning after saving an elderly man who was found collapsed on local train tracks. The incident happened in the city of Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture.
The official also said that the National Police Agency considers presenting an award to the Murata Family. The award from the NPA is given to individuals who have given contribution in saving lives as well as in investigations concerning security and crimes. The 40-year old woman risked her life saving the 74-year old man, despite knowing of the danger.
Natsue Murata was inside the car with her father Shigehiro Murata, 67, when she spotted the fallen man at a railway crossing on the JR Yokohama Line in Midori Ward. Although she was told and warned by her father not to go because there wasn’t enough time, Natsue still braved to help the man. Mr. Murata recalled his daughter saying, “I have to save him.” While she was able to reach the man in time, sadly she was hit by an oncoming train that wasn’t able to stop in time.
The 74-year old elderly man was safely pulled from danger but sustained serious injuries, which included a fracture on his collarbone. The police say they hope to understand from him exactly what happened, but as of now he only remembers becoming aware of his surroundings while in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. People have offered flowers and tributes to Murata at the site of the incident since that day. A 68-year old man who lives near the crossing said that he felt sorry for Natsue’s father for witnessing “his daughter killed in front of him.”
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