Stephen A. Sorrell rescued Carol J. Kanabroski and others from assault, Union, Kentucky, May 26, 1994. Ms. Kanabroski, 44, a teacher, and 21 students were in a high school classroom when another student, a 17-year-old boy, entered the room. The boy produced a loaded handgun and told Ms. Kanabroski and the class that he was holding them hostage and that he had killed four family members earlier that morning. Word of the situation reached Sorrell, 41, vice principal. After directing that authorities be alerted, Sorrell responded to the classroom, where he gained entry and approached the assailant. He secured the release of Ms. Kanabroski and the students from the assailant, and they left the classroom unharmed. Taking a seat near the assailant, Sorrell then, over the course of several minutes, urged him to surrender his weapon, but the assailant refused twice. A third time Sorrell asked for the gun, that time convincing the assailant to release it. A police officer who had arrived by then arrested him.
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