While most people ran the other direction when they spotted a man wielding a weapon, Blaine Hodge put his body in front of the blade.
Thanks to this Good Samaritan, a woman’s life was spared.
When a woman ran into a Bakersfield, California Starbucks on Sunday shouting for help, followed by a man with an “edged weapon,” Blaine Hodge rose to action rather than fleeing the scene, according to 23ABC News. The Bakersfield Police Department said the incident began with a domestic violence-related attack.
When the man moved to attack the woman, Hodge leaped to her defense, buying her some time and inevitably saving her life.
Both Hodge and the woman are recovering in the hospital, while the male suspect is in custody. Bakersfield Police Department identified the suspect as 31-year-old Robert Daniel Rivas, who has since been charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and resisting arrest.
23ABC News reports that in addition to being a hero, Hodge is also a musician who is due to release an album later this month, appropriately titled “The Mind of a Hero.”
Although both Hodge and the woman were in critical condition when first brought to the hospital, they are both stable now and are in recovery.
Upon reaching the hospital, Hodge’s first request was pizza. Looking at his bandages, and in between bites, Hodge said:
“You know what, I’m okay with this. She didn’t die.”