Bernard Kozen helped to rescue victims from an armed assault, Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, August 5, 2013. Kozen, 56, park director, and 20 others were at a meeting in a municipal building when a man fired several rounds from a semi-automatic rifle through a window and into the meeting room. The room’s occupants scattered, with some attempting to flee the building and others taking refuge behind an overturned table. Kozen stood out of sight in a corner as the assailant continued to fire, during which he struck six of the victims, mortally wounding three. The assailant then went to a car parked near the building and obtained a revolver. Seeing him approach the building again, Kozen shouted a warning and then sought refuge in an office near the meeting room. The assailant entered the building, fired a shot into the meeting room, and then entered that room. Kozen stepped from the office and, although a course to the building’s front door was open to him, entered the meeting room and charged the assailant from behind. He struggled against the assailant for control of the gun, which fired again. A man from the room joined in the struggle, and together he and Kozen overpowered the assailant, taking him to the floor. They disarmed and held him until police arrived and arrested him.
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