Sean Kevin Murphy rescued Donna M. Cahill from assault, Mauldin, South Carolina, February 8, 2000. Ms. Cahill, 46, was standing at the checkout counter of a drugstore when, without provocation, the man behind her stabbed her. Ms. Cahill struggled against the assailant as she tried to escape his grasp, and the assailant inflicted additional knife wounds. Murphy, 32, shift supervisor, who was working at the counter, grasped a wooden cane, ran from behind the counter and approached the assailant, and struck him with the cane, breaking it apart. Freed, Ms. Cahill ran to the back of the store. The assailant then turned on Murphy, swiping at him with the knife and drawing blood. When Murphy fell to the floor while attempting to flee, the assailant straddled him and inflicted additional knife wounds, then held the knife to his neck. Others in the store shouted that the police were on the way. The assailant got off Murphy and left the store but was apprehended shortly by police. Ms. Cahill was treated at the hospital for knife wounds, as was Murphy, who was lacerated about the head and one arm. Both Ms. Cahill and Murphy recovered from their injuries.
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