railroad safety in action

A "Tail" of Railroad Safety in Action

February 23rd, 2017

On January 28, 2017, my wife and I were volunteering with Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 634 out in the Mojave desert (approximately 250 miles northeast of Los Angles) This is the troop from which I earned my Eagle Scout rank, and I still have deep roots with them; teaching the boys geology, environmental stewardship and sustainably is one way we like to give back to the community.

As we were leaving, we were flagged down by some scouts who were by some railroad tracks (BNSF lines, for the curious), so we immediately headed their way. We stopped at a safe distance and approached, and the boys told us they had found a puppy that had been abandoned.
We immediately told the scouts to get behind the vehicle and away from the tracks. The puppy had lodged itself under the crossing barrier. I acted as a lookout, while my wife rescued the puppy. We then escorted the scouts back to their camp, where I gave them a lesson regarding track safety.

The puppy was brought back to southern California, and turned over to the OC Dog Ranch foster facility, where she’ll stay until she finds her new family. She has been renamed Scout, in honor of her saviors, and has already had several offers for a home. We’re sure she will soon find the perfect one.

I thought this was a story worth sharing in part because of Antea Group's commitment to health and safety in general, and to railroad safety in particular, but also in support of the efforts of groups like Operation Lifesaver, which works to promote public education on track safety in order to reduce injuries, collisions, and fatalities. Education matters and can save lives and prevent injuries.

Unexpectedly, our weekend ended up being a win for Troop 634, a win for Scout the puppy, and a win for railroad safety. Quite a day!

Read more about Operation Lifesaver here.

For more information on our work with railroad safety, check out our railroad industry page.


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