Paul Pasterick, Jr., rescued Tammy L. Rose from assault, Donora, Pennsylvania, March 2, 1994. Ms. Rose, 22, was at work as a convenience store clerk when a masked man entered the store, pointed a loaded gun at her, and, making verbal threats, demanded money. She went to the cash register and opened it to comply. A regular customer, Pasterick, 64, retired steelworker, was standing along the front wall of the store. When his attention was directed to the situation, he immediately rushed the assailant, grabbed his gun hand, and deflected it from Ms. Rose. She fled. A brief struggle between Pasterick and the assailant ensued, during which Pasterick obtained possession of the gun. The assailant fled but was shortly apprehended by police. Pasterick recovered from abrasions about his left eye sustained during the scuffle.
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Paul “Snuffy” Pasterick, Jr., 79, of Donora, Pa., died on Aug. 5, 2009, at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Aspinwall, Pa. He was born on Jan. 21, 1930, in Donora, the son of the Paul Sr. and Mary (Pilot) Pasterick.
He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving with the Marine Corps. He was a member of the Donora Knights of Columbus.
(Edited from an obituary provided by a family member.)