Ronald F. McMahon helped to rescue Jo-Ann and Hannah R. Margoles from assault, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 29, 1988. Mrs. Margoles, 34, and her daughter Hannah, 6, were in the rear seat of a parked van when a man armed with a handgun approached and opened fire on them. While the assailant was firing, McMahon, 45, warehouse receiving supervisor, and his wife, who were stopped at a nearby intersection, left their car and ran to the scene to stop the assault. As McMahon struggled with the assailant for control of the gun, Mrs. McMahon grasped the assailant’s gun hand and forced it to the ground, allowing McMahon to disarm him. Arriving police arrested the assailant. Mrs. Margoles died shortly, and Hannah required hospitalization for her wounds, from which she recovered. McMahon was treated at a hospital for lacerations to his hand; he recovered.
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Ronald F. McMahon, Sr., 70, of Elm, N.J., formerly of Philadelphia, died on Dec. 26, 2012.
McMahon worked for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board from 1964 to 1968. He then worked for the Philadelphia State Hospital from 1968 until retiring in 1989. He was an alumnus of Father Judge High School and St. Martin of Tours Elementary School, both in Philadelphia. He served as a scout leader for the Boy Scouts Pack 316 of St. Ambrose and worked for the American Legion Post #754.
He was buried in Sunset Memorial Park in Feasterville, Pa.
(Edited from an obituary in the Courier-Post, Jan. 1, 2013)