Constance Hall Ruhling rescued Janet A. Fuller from assault, Fort Valley, Georgia, May 22, 1986. Mrs. Fuller, 24, was chased by a man armed with a butcher knife into a restroom of a day care center; there, the man stabbed her in the abdomen. Mrs. Ruhling, 53, director of the center, immediately entered the restroom, where she grabbed the knife and threw it aside. Although she was greatly outweighed by the assailant, Mrs. Ruhling began to struggle with him as he choked Mrs. Fuller. The assailant turned on Mrs. Ruhling, biting her arm severely, then resumed choking Mrs. Fuller. Mrs. Ruhling repeatedly struck the assailant on the head with her shoe, causing him to desist. Mrs. Fuller and Mrs. Ruhling both required hospital treatment for their injuries, from which they recovered.
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