Gheorghita Rusu helped to rescue Brenda L. Van Leyen from assault, Nepean, Ontario, November 6, 2009. Van Leyen, 46, letter carrier, was approaching the rear door of a pharmacy on her route when a man approached her, took her to the pavement, and began to stab her repeatedly. Inside the pharmacy, the assistant manager, Rusu, 21, heard her screaming. Rusu exited the building to investigate, and when he saw the assailant leaning over Van Leyen, he approached him from behind, grasped him, and pushed him against a wall of the building. The assailant struck at him, stabbing him in his chest. Concluding that he could not restrain the assailant alone, Rusu returned inside the building for help. The assailant resumed stabbing Van Leyen but left the scene before police arrived. Van Leyen was hospitalized a month for treatment of numerous stab wounds, and Rusu also required hospital treatment. He recovered.
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