R. Joseph Bolduc, Jr., rescued Geraldine M. Ford, 35, from a homicidal attack, Lawrence, Massachusetts, January 15, 1963. Mrs. Ford’s estranged husband entered her beauty salon and attacked her with a knife, which had a three-inch blade. Two women ran outside and screamed for help, attracting Bolduc, 35, public relations consultant. He entered the salon and moved toward the man, who was crouching over Mrs. Ford and still stabbing her. Hearing Bolduc’s shouts, the assailant rose, holding the knife in one hand and a heavy glass mug in the other. Bolduc whipped off his hat and threw it as hard as he could into the man’s face. He then lunged at the assailant, struck him a hard blow with his fist, and chopped forcibly with the edge of his hand at the side of the man’s neck. The assailant dropped the knife and the mug and fell to the floor, his jaw fractured by Bolduc’s blow. Bolduc leaped onto the man and kept him pinned to the floor until police arrived and took him into custody. Mrs. Ford had suffered seven stab wounds, while Bolduc had sustained two fractured fingers. They recovered.
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