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Frankford Hospitals Honor Two Local Girls Who Rescued Employee Carmen Tait from El Tracks

Frankford residents Rashandra Johnson, 17, and Tyishia McDuffie, 14, were honored for their heroism with the opportunity to earn full scholarships to the Frankford Hospital School of Nursing.


Pictured from left are Jacquelyn Corcoran, Dean, Frankford Hospital School of Nursing, John C. Mitkus, Vice Chairman, Frankford Hospitals’ Board of Directors, Tyishia McDuffie, Carmen Tait, Rashandra Johnson, and Roy Powell, President and CEO, Frankford Hospitals.

On June 10, 2002, Carmen Tait, an employee in the Dietary Department at Frankford Hospital – Frankford, headed out to work taking her usual route that included a ride on the Market-Frankford El. At the Allegheny train station, she tripped down a flight of steps leading from a pedestrian bridge and onto the tracks below. With a train headed toward her, Tait could not move because of an injured leg. Rashandra Johnson, 17, and Tyishia McDuffie, 14, who were walking ahead of Tait and saw her fall, flew into action and helped pull her off of the tracks. Tait was later brought to Frankford Hospital – Frankford, where she was treated for a leg injury. She has since recovered and recently returned to work at the Hospital.

Frankford Hospitals’ administrators and staff, along with Tait, were on hand during a brief ceremony when Johnson and McDuffie were honored for their heroism and granted the opportunity to earn full academic scholarships to the Frankford Hospital School of Nursing upon their high school graduation. If the girls meet specific academic criteria, they can potentially attend the school on a full scholarship and also get the chance to work at Frankford Hospitals after completing their degree.

Tait calls the girls her “guardian angels.”