Daniel Elwood Stockwell rescued fifteen persons from assault, East Swanzey, New Hampshire, October 15, 1991. A 16-year-old boy, armed with a high-powered rifle, entered a high school cafeteria and fired one round, wounding two students. The assailant then ordered 15 seventh-grade students into a classroom, where, reloading his rifle, he detained them. Stockwell, 49, the school’s principal, was alerted to the situation and went to the classroom. He entered the room and offered himself as a substitute hostage in exchange for the students’ release, to which the assailant agreed. The students exited the room unharmed. For the next 40 minutes, Stockwell, at gunpoint, conversed with the assailant, until police entered the room and subdued him.
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