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Iranian "Devoted Villager" Riz Ali Khajavi is no longer a tenant

Tehran, May 30, IRNA -- Villager Riz Ali Khajavi who saved the lives of passengers of a train in the Iranian year 1341 (1962) when a landslide brought down rocks from overlooking mountain on a railroad is no longer a tenant.

He took off his coat in freezing weather, tied it to a stick and set it on fire while running toward a high-speed train screaming 'danger' to draw the train driver's attention.

The driver managed to stop the train so a crash was averted.

Third grade elementary school students study the sacrifice of this villager in their Persian textbook in a story called 'Dehgan-e Fadakar' (devoted villager). Therefore, in the past four decades students have read about the event which took place in the vicinity of the old city of Mianeh, East Azarbaijan province.

Azarbaijan province's Housing and Urban Development Department said that it had provided him with a new house in his hometown.

The third channel of television had aired a report about Khajavi last week in honor of the sacrifice he made.

In an interview with the television reporter he requested a house when asked what he expected from officials as a reward for his sacrifice.

... Payvand News - 5/30/04 ... --

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