Four Heroes Honored for Stopping Deranged Chainsaw Attacker & Rescuing Victim

Four Heroes Honored for Stopping Deranged Chainsaw Attacker & Rescuing Victim

Two months ago, 27-year-old Jose A. Jaimes-Jiminez attacked his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend with a chainsaw, causing critical injuries. Four business owners in the area witnessed the attack and intervened, saving the victim's life.

Yesterday, the Good Samaritans were presented with certificates of appreciation by Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes, who praised them for their selflessness and bravery.

From the Daily Herald:

Four people who work in an Arlington Heights office complex were honored Monday by the police department for helping rescue and provide first aid to a man attacked with a chain saw.

The certificates of appreciation — presented at a village board meeting to three who were there of the four — reflect the actions they took in response to the chain saw attack the early afternoon of June 19, police and village officials said.

”The collective selfless initiative by four local business employees was extraordinary,” Mayor Tom Hayes said. “They acted without regard for their personal safety when a fellow human being was found in crisis.”

Scott Frost and Mark Hewitt, who work at Tri-Guards Inc., witnessed the attack shortly after 1 p.m. in the office complex parking lot on the 500 block of West Golf Road. Authorities say the attacker rammed his car into a car driven by his estranged wife and her boyfriend, then chased after the man with the running chain saw.

The 39-year-old man sustained debilitating injuries, with a severed left forearm and major blood loss. But the chain saw stalled during the attack, preventing further injuries, police said.

That’s when Frost and Hewitt jumped in, pulling the bleeding man to safety in the neighboring office where he works.

”Seizing the opportunity and without regard for their personal safety, both Mr. Frost and Mr. Hewitt exposed themselves to significant risk by pulling the victim away from the offender,” Hayes said.

Both co-workers were inside their office when they heard the car crash and went outside to see what was going on. They say they witnessed one man, wielding the chain saw, chasing the other man around the parking lot.

”It was crazy,” Frost said. “It was like a movie.”

Hewitt tried to calm down the attacker.

”I told the guy with the chain saw, ‘Chill. Relax.’ He revved the chain saw and ran past me.”

After the chain saw jammed, Frost and Hewitt were able to run over to the bleeding victim and bring him inside, where co-workers Deborah Bauer and Valerie Valadez helped provide emergency first aid. The four of them worked together to apply a tourniquet and pressure dressings in an effort to control the man’s bleeding.

While it's admirable that Mayor Hayes is recognizing the four heroes for stepping in to stop the horrendous attack, there's much more that needs to be done. Illinois has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, yet one of the highest gun-involved crime rates. Gun laws did nothing to stop Jiminez, nor would they stop any of the other countless perpetrators terrorizing Illinois.

This story could've turned out completely different. Instead of four heroes being commended, Mayor Hayes could've been giving a press conference on five deaths at the hands of one homicidal thug. Bottom-line: States that praise gun-control legislation are advocating the elimination of your right to self-defense and the defense of others.

Check out the commendation ceremony:

When evil comes knocking on your door, will you have the right training, tools and means to stop it? Will you be ready to step up? What are you doing to even your odds of survival?

Stay alert. Stay alive.

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