Harry M. Rakosky, Jr., saved an indeterminate number of persons from assault, Washington, D.C., October 29, 1994. A man armed with a semiautomatic assault rifle fired repeatedly at the White House, striking the building, as he proceeded on the sidewalk along Pennsylvania Avenue. The nearby crowd of tourists, including Rakosky, 34, human resources director, dispersed, many taking cover behind barriers lining the street. From a point behind a barrier himself, Rakosky saw the assailant, who had stopped firing, approach. Assuming the assailant was reloading the rifle, Rakosky left his cover and approached the assailant from behind. As the assailant turned to face him, Rakosky leapt onto the assailant and tackled him to the sidewalk. They struggled for several seconds. Other men arrived and helped to subdue the assailant before he was arrested by authorities. Rakosky recovered from minor injury. The assailant was convicted of attempting to assassinate the President.
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