Linda Marie Whitehead rescued a woman from assault, Canton, Pennsylvania, March 20, 1995. Intending to pick up her children, a 32-year-old woman had just driven into the parking lot of an elementary school when her estranged husband arrived in another car. He approached the woman’s car and kicked its driver’s door and broke a window. The woman attempted to escape through the other side of the car, but the assailant pushed her back inside and began to stab her in the neck. She screamed. At the school to pick up her own children, Ms. Whitehead, 31, licensed practical nurse and college student, approached the assailant from behind and intervened. He turned to look at her then resumed his attack on the woman. Ms. Whitehead grasped the assailant by the belt loops of his trousers and pulled him off the woman and out of the car. The assailant fled but was later apprehended by police. The woman required extensive hospitalization for treatment of her wounds.
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