John F. Erjavec attempted to save Thomas R. Gaul from being struck by a moving vehicle, Cleveland, Ohio, June 13, 1981. Gaul, 63, and Erjavec, 63, security guards, were working at a church parking lot when an auto entered the lot at high speed. Stolen moments earlier, the auto was being pursued by police. Gaul walked toward the oncoming auto, signalling it to stop; instead, its driver increased its speed and headed directly toward Gaul. Erjavee ran to Gaul and pulled him partially out of the auto’s path, but Gaul was struck and pinned against another auto. Gaul’s leg had to be amputated, and other serious injuries resulted in a lengthy hospital stay. Erjavec recovered from minor injuries.
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