Joanne Betts died after rescuing Patrice L. Schmidman from an armed assailant, Omaha, Nebraska, June 23, 1978. In a public park, Patrice, 9, was knocked down by a 15-year-old boy, who then began stabbing her with a steel arrowhead. Joanne, 14, schoolgirl, jumped onto the boy’s back and knocked him off Patrice, who then ran to get help. When others arrived, Joanne was found dead from stab wounds she had received. Patrice recovered from her wounds.
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