The word hero gets thrown around a lot these days, but rarely in the right context.

Catching a football after flying off of a swing rope doesn't make you a hero, nor does burning celebrities on Twitter, but in this case, I don't think anyone could argue its validity.

On Monday morning in Sunnyvale, Los Angeles, two San Mateo County deputy sheriffs heard a car crash into a crossing guard. Within seconds deputies Lance Whitted and Erik Rueppel were on the scene, with one of them pulling the car's driver off the track literally seconds before an oncoming train crashed straight into it.

Here's the men now, looking very proud, and they've every right to be

 Via Mashable