James Michael Paradis died after rescuing Nancy C. Ballum from assault, Lynn, Massachusetts, October 26, 1987. At night, Miss Ballum, 30, screamed for help as she struggled with a man who had broken into her third-floor apartment and was threatening her with a knife. Alerted in his apartment on the first floor of the building, Paradis, 28, truck driver, immediately began to run upstairs to Miss Ballum’s apartment, shouting as he approached. Distracted, the assailant fled the apartment, and he and Paradis met on the stairs near the third floor. A struggle ensued, during which Paradis was stabbed. The assailant fled. Paradis died shortly of his wounds.
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