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  • Jesús García

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    Monument to Jesús García in NacozariJesús García Corona (13 November 1881 – 7 November 1907) was a Mexican railroad brakeman who died while preventing a train loaded with dynamite from exploding near Nacozari, Sonora, in 1907. As el héroe de Nacozari he is revered as a national hero and many streets, plazas, and schools across Mexico are named after him. García was born in Hermosillo, Sonora. At the age of 17 got a job with Moctezuma Copper Company, but due to his age, he was made a waterboy. He was promoted to switchman, then to brakeman. Jesús García was the railroad brakeman for the train that covered the line between Nacozari, Sonora, and Douglas, Arizona. On 7 November 1907 the train was stopped in the town and, as he was resting, he saw that some hay on the roof of a car containing dynamite had caught fire. The cause of the fire was that the locomotive's firebox was failing and sparks were going out from the smokestack. The wind blew them and got into the dynamite cars. García drove the train in reverse downhill at full-steam six kilometers out of the town before the dynamite exploded, killing him and sparing the population of the mining town. In his honor a statue was raised and the name of the town of Nacozari was changed to Nacozari de García. He was declared Hero of Humanity by the American Red Cross, many streets in Mexico carry his name, and the Estadio Héroe de Nacozari sports stadium in Hermosillo is also named after him. García's sacrifice is remembered in the corrido (ballad) "Máquina 501", sung by Pancho "el Charro" Avitia, and Mexican railroad workers commemorate 7 November every year as the Día del Ferrocarrilero (Railroader's Day). His heroism is also recounted in the ballad, "Jesus Garcia" sung by Arizona State's official balladeer, Dolan Ellis, who wanted to let the world know of the "Casey Jones of Mexico" who saved the town. The "Máquina 501" song in free translation:Engine 501rolls through Sonora.And the brakeman who won't sigh will cry.One fine Sunday, gentlemen,'round three o'clock,Jesús Garcia sweetlycaressed his mother."Soon I must depart,kind mother,the train whistledraws the future near."Arriving at the stationa whistle blew shrill.The wagon with dynamitemenaced with its roof afire.The fireman says,"Jesús, let's scram!that wagon behindwill burn us to hell."Jesús replies,"That I cannot own--this conflagrationwill kill the whole town!"So he throws it in reverseto escape downhill and by the sixth mileinto God's hands he'd arrived.From that unforgettable dayyou've earned the holy crossyou've earned our applause.Jesús, you're our hero.Engine 501rolls through Sonora.And the brakeman who won't sigh will cry.

  • Jesús "Chuy" García

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    Jesús G. "Chuy" García (born April 12, 1956) is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party. He is the member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 4th district. Prior to his election to the congress, he serves on the Cook County Board of Commissioners. A candidate for Mayor of Chicago, Garcia finished second in the February 24, 2015 mayoral election, forcing a head-to-head runoff vote between himself and incumbent Rahm Emanuel. Garcia was defeated in the April 7 runoff by Emanuel. Garcia was elected to the Chicago City Council in 1986, and in 1992 became the first Mexican-American member of the Illinois State Senate. In 2010, Garcia won election to the 7th district Cook County Board of Commissioners, and after his election was appointed floor leader by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle. A progressive and a reformer, García is a Preckwinkle ally, was a supporter of former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington and notably endorsed U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election. In November 2017, Garcia announced his plans to run for a seat in the United States House of Representatives in the 2018 House of Representative elections to succeed the retiring Luis Gutiérrez.

  • Jesús García (basketball)

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