1999-08-28 / Front Page

Arverne Hero Recognized

Arverne resident Patrick Ramnauth became a hero on July 15 when he protected a fellow transit worker from being stabbed. Ramnauth, 50, suffered wounds to his arms, leg, and chest, but is doing well and is recovering at home.

Richard Burgher, 35, the knife wielding perp, reportedly became irate after transit worker Dawn Malcolm ignored his sexual advances at the Brooklyn Borough Hall subway station. Ramnauth immediately came to Malcom’s assistance and wrestled Burgher to the ground. Burgher swung his knife several times at Ramnauth, one time piercing Ramnauth’s hardhat.

Burgher was arrested, while paramedics took Ramnauth to Lutheran Medical Center, where he underwent surgery. Kay Ramnauth, the wife of the hero, told The Wave that her husband is recovering well and is "doing therapy now." She expects him to get back to work in six or seven months.

Residents and local politicians have been calling the Ramnauth household offering well wishes and recognizing the act of heroism. The Arverne Civic Association sent a plant with a card.

"I would like to thank my neighbors and the civic associations for being so supportive during this traumatic time," Kay said.



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