Archie G. Lennon, 24, electrician, rescued Earl W. Norman, 19, steelworker, from an enraged bear, South Elma, Washington, May 21, 1928. While Norman was asleep in a one-room house, a bear weighing 400 pounds entered and began to claw and bite him. Lennon, who was on a cot in the room, rose, and, in darkness not knowing what was causing the attack, he struck the bear several times with a pair of boots but without effect. Lennon could merely distinguish a dark form on top of Norman. He lighted a lamp and then jabbed the bear several times with a butcher knife, but the blade would not penetrate. Lennon went outside, got an axe, and struck the bear at the back of its neck. The bear raised up quickly and struck Lennon a glancing blow. Lennon struck the bear twice more and killed it. Norman was seriously injured, but he recovered.
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