Alana Franklin saved Jahan K. Rimes from assault, Silver Springs, Florida, June 1, 1998. Jahan, 6, was in a bedroom of his family’s ground-level apartment after a man armed with a gun broke into the unit and shot Jahan’s mother and two other relatives. After the assailant pursued Jahan’s mother to the bedroom, Jahan’s aunt, Alana, 11, student, fled the apartment to summon assistance. She returned to the scene and, knowing that Jahan was in the bedroom, went to one of that room’s windows, in the side of the building. She broke then unlocked the window, opened it, and pushed aside the blind. She saw Jahan on a bed within reach of the window and the assailant in the doorway. Alana partially entered the room through the window, grasped Jahan, and pulled him outside. As they ran away, the assailant went to the window and fired. A four-hour stand off with police ensued, following which the assailant was arrested. Although wounded, Jahan’s mother and the other hostages survived.
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