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The Star, Indianapolis, IN

Saturday, January 1, 1983

A teller in an Indianapolis, Ind., bank called out to Joseph Ernst when a man claiming to have a pistol and a bomb was about to get away with a bagful of stolen money. Ernst, a uniformed sheriff's deputy, tackled the man. As they grappled on the floor, the robber tried to get to Ernst's sidearm. But Samuel Hatcher, who'd worked with the deputy years before, halted the struggle by drawing a licensed handgun and holding it to the robber's head.

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