A courageous deed. A life sacrificed. An ordinary man who was murdered trying to stop a shooting rampage. We’ll remember:
Many around Samson knew Bruce Maloy as their town’s comedian, a goodhearted, wiry little jokester who was always boasting about hitting it big someday.
In life, he never really got the spotlight he was seeking. But in the days following the massacre that shattered their small Alabama community, some have dropped the comedian label and replaced it with another: Hero.
On Friday, witnesses and authorities said Maloy, the 10th and final victim of Tuesday’s shooting rampage by Michael McLendon, single-handedly tried to end the violence with his beat-up old pickup truck.
With gunshots still echoing through downtown Samson and the killer headed toward a bigger city 12 miles away, Maloy chased McLendon’s dark red Mitsubishi out of town, ramming the vehicle at least once.
Maloy slowed down the killer briefly, and he may have given police and state troopers time to catch up to McLendon, said Geneva County Chief Deputy Tony Helms. But it cost him his life.
“There’s a hero in all of this that nobody is talking about, and that’s Bruce Maloy,” said Jim Stromenger, a dispatcher with the Samson Police Department…
…”He needs some recognition for what he did,” said Harrison. “It was something he always wanted, and now the old boy won’t see it.”