Lucy J. Valdez rescued Bianca Hernandez from assault, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 2, 1993. Bianca, 1, and her mother were living with Ms. Valdez, 50, day care provider, and were at home when a man entered the house and argued with the mother. Producing a handgun, the man then seized Bianca and started to leave the house with her. Ms. Valdez approached them and pulled Bianca away from the assailant. When the assailant then aimed the gun at Bianca, Ms. Valdez turned to shield her with her own body, at which time the assailant fired, hitting Ms. Valdez in her side. The assailant fled the scene, abducting Bianca’s mother, whom he detained for two days. Bianca was not injured. Ms. Valdez required hospitalization for treatment of her gunshot wound, which required surgery.
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