Gerald A. Madrid rescued Adam D. Alvarez from assault, Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 28, 2013. A disturbed man armed with a knife approached Alvarez, 48, as he was directing the choir during a worship service in a large church sanctuary. Shouting that he wanted to kill Alvarez, the man stabbed him repeatedly. Madrid, 53, bail bond agent, was playing flute in the choir and witnessed the attack. Although he was closer to a door leading from the church than he was to the assailant, Madrid ran across that section of the sanctuary and charged the man, pinning him against a wall. Alvarez fled to safety. Madrid attempted to take the assailant to the floor, but the assailant reached over him and stabbed him repeatedly in the back. Madrid collapsed. Several men from the congregation who were reacting subdued the assailant and secured him until police arrived shortly and arrested him. Alvarez and Madrid were hospitalized for treatment of their stab wounds, Madrid being detained for four days. He recovered.
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