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Korean war vet, 80, dies after pushing wife away from careening sedan

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An 80-year-old Korean war veteran pushed his wife away from a car spinning out of control and heading straight for them as they stood on a New York City street corner, saving her life before he was killed, she told NBCNewYork.com on Monday.


Denise Baum, 62, and Rubin Baum were trying to hail a cab on the Upper Eastside around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday when a sedan and minivan collided, sending the sedan careening their way.

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Rubin, a former two-time Purple Heart recipient as a war medic, quickly gave Denise a strong shove to push her out of harm's way. Rubin was pinned beneath the sedan.

“It was the most frightening thing you’ve ever seen in your life,” Denise Baum told NBCNewYork.com. “I don’t know what happened but I saw this black car, and I really do believe he did something so heroic.”

The couple was rushed to the hospital, where Rubin died. Denise Baum was released and spoke to reporters after the accident.

Rubin Baum, known as Ruby, was a devoted grandfather and New York Giant season ticket holder who had run several successful companies in the garment industry and later worked in real estate, The New York Times reported.

The couple met while trying to hail a cab in New York, the paper said.

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