WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE DATED AUGUST 5, 1950, PAGE B1
POLICEMAN SAVES WOMAN’S LIFE; “WHAT’S THE FUSS ?” SHE ASKS
A little ole lady, saved from almost certain death under the wheels of a speeding fire engine, dumfounded her rescuer yesterday by ask, “What’s all the fuss about?”
Said Police Pvt. William Props, 48, of the Traffic Division, who had raced 45 feet across the 15th st. and New York ave. intersection at the risk of his own life to snatch her from the path of the oncoming fire engine, “I was too flabbergasted to ask her name or make out a jaywalking ticket.
“She just walked away while I stood there gasping for breath.”
The engine was en route to the Veterans Administration Regional Office, 1825 H st. nw., where 700 employees had filed to the street when a fuse blew and the lights went out about 1:55 p.m.
Props was congratulated by a number of eyewitnesses of the rescue, and others telephoned Inspector Walter T. Storm, acting chief of police.
Props, who has spent 15 of his 16 years with the Metropolitan Police at the intersection, was commended in 1947 by Capitol Transit for preventing the collision of two streetcars. He has been commended six other times for feats while directing traffic.