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Aug 2, 2008 1:39 pm

Heroic Historian

Many have probably heard of the tragic shooting and double murder at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. I just found out, however, that one of the heros of the event was Dr. John Bohstedt from the University of Tennessee Department of History. He was one of three members of the Church to tackle the attacker and prevent further bloodshed. One witness described that he was the first to hit the gunman... with a"flying tackle," no less.

I actually know Dr. Bohstedt from my time as an undergraduate and later adjunct faculty at UT. Frankly, I'm not terribly surprised that he helped stop the attack. Heck... he's an expert on riots and mobs, so he probably knows a thing or two about how to act in a seemingly chaotic environment.

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