Richard P. Baumgartner rescued a woman from assault, Lubbock, Texas, May 9, 2011. A man armed with a knife entered the office building of a school and confronted four staff members there. Baumgartner, 49, the school’s director, responded to the front door of the office building from another part of the campus on being informed of the man’s presence, but the man locked the door on Baumgartner’s arrival. Learning that the man was armed with a knife, Baumgartner ran around the building to its back door. Three of the staff members fled through that door, but the fourth, a woman, 40, was being held at knife point by the assailant in a locked inner office. Hearing her scream, Baumgartner entered the building and broke down the door to the inner office. Distracted, the assailant turned his attention to Baumgartner, who had fallen to the floor, and wounded him in the back with the knife. The woman fled to safety. Baumgartner regained his footing and used an office chair to fend off the assailant until an officer arrived shortly and arrested him. Baumgartner received hospital treatment for his wound, and he recovered.
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