James E. Calvarese rescued Terry L. Stillwell-Alexander from assault, Oakland, California, February 7, 1985. Mrs. Stillwell-Alexander, 25, a deputy sheriff, was about to escort a convicted felon from court when he broke free and fled. She pursued him and tackled him outside the courtroom, but in the ensuing struggle, the felon grabbed her fully loaded service revolver and pointed it at her. Calvarese, 49, insurance salesman, at the courthouse on unrelated business, heard Mrs. Stillwell-Alexander scream and ran to her. Calvarese dived for the felon’s arm, deflecting the gun as it fired. A struggle followed, during which the felon pointed the gun at Calvarese. The felon fled into a stairwell after Calvarese gained control of the gun, but Calvarese followed him and, with Mrs. Stillwell-Alexander, held him at gunpoint until other deputies arrived and arrested him.
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