Kenton William Boyden helped to rescue Edward A. Bednarowski from assault, Niagara Falls, Ontario, February 18, 2004. Bednarowski, 38, a police officer, was attempting to question a suspect in a driveway off a residential street in early-evening darkness. The suspect produced a loaded handgun, aimed it at Bednarowski, and fired it at close range, but Bednarowski deflected the assailant’s gun hand and the shot missed. Going to the pavement, Bednarowski and the assailant then struggled for control of the gun. Boyden, 33, disabled contractor, who lived across the street, witnessed the assault. He returned to his house to alert a male friend, then responded with the friend to the scene. The men approached the struggle and lay atop the assailant, one on each side. They pinned his hands to the pavement as the assailant, still holding the gun, struggled against them. Other officers arrived shortly and disarmed and subdued the assailant, releasing Boyden and his friend. Bednarowski suffered minor injuries to a hand.
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