LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) – Since he can remember, Ethan Hopper has been watching the trains running behind his father’s Logansport business. However, he witnessed something last winter that changed his perspective on his favorite hobby.
“A couple of kids went around the gates, and it was very, very scary for me,” Ethan said.
He said seeing the group of kids nearly hit by a train turned his love for locomotives into a passion for awareness.
“I just kind of felt that I had to do something about it,” Ethan said.
So, Ethan went online and found Operation Lifesaver.
The non-profit organization provides public education programs to prevent collisions, injuries and fatalities on and around railroad tracks and crossings.
Since March, Hopper has been spreading the word throughout the community.
“I just think that more people should be aware of the railroads and how big and powerful the trains are,” said Ethan.
His father John Hopper said he’s proud of his son for taking the initiative, and said it’s something a community like Logansport will benefit from.
“In some communities it’s a real problem, and too many people don’t realize how hazardous it is,” said John.
Ethan has now placed two signs near the train crossing by his father’s business and plans on going to the city council to get help putting more around the community.
Until then, he said he will just keep working to spread the word of railway safety.
“Look for a train,” said Ethan. “If you don’t see a train, then listen, and live.”