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Once a hero, always a hero.

Some say a Marine is a Marine for life, whether the Marine is in active duty or a civilian. Brian Teichman perfectly exemplifies such an assertion, as he single-handedly saved a woman from being raped in Queens, New York, while on his way to take a physics exam at Nassau Community College.

At 9 a.m. on September 28, after dropping off his two-year-old daughter at a babysitter's house, Teichman spotted a man across the street forcing a woman over a guardrail and into a deserted, wooded area. He immediately sprang into action and intervened before the rape could take place.

"I am an ex-Marine, so I'm not scared of conflict. I looked down and I saw him straddling her and he had his hand over her mouth and he was trying to rip her shirt off," recalled Teichman, who served for five years in Iraq and Afghanistan. "My thought was 'scream first, if he runs you don't need to worry if he has a gun or a knife.' In the deepest scream I could, I said, 'Hey, get the *** off of her!' He looked up at me and then ran down the hill, toward the west bound shoulder off the Parkway."

Teichman then tried to comfort the weeping woman, but she spoke very little English.

"She was in tears. She was a small frail Korean woman. She was crying and distraught, she couldn't walk and I had to pick her up and get her back over the guardrail," said Teichman.

Police arrived minutes later, but the attacker was already long-gone.

"God bless him," said Lisa Chianese, a witness to the incident who had been waiting for her carpool into the city when it occurred. "He saved her."

Teichman was astounded by the offender's bold attempt to commit such a crime in broad daylight. "It blows my mind that someone has the audaciiy to do that at 9 o'clock in the morning."

Though Teichman saved the victim from a life-altering trauma, he refuses to take credit for any heroics. "In hindsight, I feel like I didn't do my job until they catch him."

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Author:Clabough, Raven
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Nov 7, 2011
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