Irene J. Beaton helped to rescue Dorothy M. Blackhall from assault, Lindsay, Ontario, July 4, 1989. Mrs. Blackhall, 72, was in her cottage when a man armed with a knife broke in and began to stab her. Alerted to the break in, two neighbors, including Mrs. Beaton, 67, went to the cottage, where they heard Mrs. Blackhall scream. While the other neighbor went to call police, Mrs. Beaton ran to a window of the cottage and shouted inside for the assailant to stop the attack. The assailant immediately ran out of the cottage and began to attack Mrs. Beaton, inflicting knife wounds to her right arm. The neighbor who had called police then arrived; she picked up a lawn chair and approached the assailant, shouting to him to release Mrs. Beaton. The assailant released Mrs. Beaton, dropped the knife, and fled. Mrs. Blackhall was hospitalized for lacerations to her eyes and face which required suturing. Mrs. Beaton was treated at the hospital for lacerations to her right arm; she recovered.
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