Stephen Thompson helped to rescue Pamela Jordan from assault, Addison, New York, May 20, 1999. Abducted earlier from their home in another state by a 19-year-old man, Ms. Jordan, 24, and her young daughter were attempting to escape while in front of her mother’s home. The assailant caught up to them and was striking Ms. Jordan when a woman who saw the assault secured Ms. Jordan’s daughter. That woman then alerted Thompson, 27, teacher, and another man, who were approaching the scene in a sport-utility vehicle. Thompson and the other man stopped at the scene and began to approach the assailant on foot. As they did so, Ms. Jordan broke free of the assailant and entered their vehicle. Producing a knife, the assailant chased after Ms. Jordan and, reaching her in the passenger seat, stabbed her in the thigh. Thompson ran to the passenger side of the vehicle and struggled against the assailant, once knocking him down. The assailant immediately resumed his attack on Ms. Jordan as the other man, responding to the driver’s side of the vehicle, attempted to fight him off from there. Thompson obtained a plastic bar, which he used to strike the assailant, and the other man pulled Ms. Jordan out of the vehicle and took her to a car that had stopped at the scene. As the driver of that car took Ms. Jordan to safety, Thompson attempted to flee, but the assailant caught up to him when he stumbled and stabbed him twice in the right shoulder. The assailant then fled in the sport-utility vehicle but was apprehended by police. Thompson and Ms. Jordan required hospital treatment, for their stab wounds, as did the other man, who had injured an arm in the assault.
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