McCary's niece was there, too, and ran to safety. Mercedes Peters tells Channel 3 that she's still trying to process everything that happened, but finds comfort knowing her uncle saved his daughter's life.
"He would do anything for anyone, especially his daughter. And that proved that's the best way to go for him, for his kid," Peters said, laying a single rose on the side of the railroad tracks on Friday.
The uncle and niece were preparing to start their first day of work together at a local grocery store. Peters says they were out taking a walk with McCary's daughter, Haley, 10, before their shifts began.