Jeffrey Carl Harriman rescued Stephen A. Hansell from assault, Anchorage, Alaska, May 7, 2001. After a man armed with a knife entered the grounds of an elementary school and wounded three boys, he entered the building and proceeded through a hall. The school effected its lockdown procedure, with staff securing the students in the classrooms. Harriman, 50, a teacher at the school, saw the assailant in the hall and followed him. The assailant forced his way into one of the classrooms, where Stephen, 8, and other students had sought refuge. He approached Stephen and put the knife to his throat. Entering the same classroom, Harriman rushed the assailant and pushed him off Stephen and to the floor, Stephen sustaining a severe knife wound to the side of his head. Still armed, the assailant regained his footing and confronted Harriman, who maintained a position between the assailant and Stephen. Using a plastic bin as a shield, Harriman kept the assailant at bay until police arrived minutes later. Harriman removed Stephen from the room as police commenced a standoff with the assailant, then apprehended him. Stephen required two days’ hospitalization for treatment of his knife wound.
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