Elderly Veteran Protects Chess Club Students From Knife Attack

James Vernon recounts the moment police say Dustin Brown, 19, ran into the library with two knives.
1:31 | 10/18/15

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James Vernon is a Peoria native army veteran Hindu retired caterpillar employee. And now at the age of 76 he can add hero to that list. Old not use the word hero on myself but I did something that required song. Courage. Burn in was coaching chess club at the Morton public library Tuesday when police say nineteen year old Dustin Brown Ramon to the room with two knives. Flung the door open and would be all uncommon here I'm gonna kills about eight. That's when Burton and spring into action. Slow down a little relax a little bit. I'll listen to you while these. People of these kids get out of the room. Once the children were out of the room Burton says that's when it turned violent. Realizes parts are wrong and he came well war. Burn it says brown lunged at him with a knife cutting his left hand. I didn't have any weapons except these soul I'm when I grabbed him. And through and and the ad amen. My wake pushed him back. Vernon says he was able to take down and just aren't his attacker just minutes before Morton police arrived. Burton's wife Honda says she isn't surprised by her husband's heroic actions. He is that type of a person in bits. One of the reasons why am I hate him. Now burn and had surgery Tuesday to repair a cut tended and severed arteries in his hand. It is not back at home recovery.

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