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Pittsburgh School Security Guard Who Risked Life For Students Fired For Being Too Old

| by Amanda Schallert

A 70-year-old security guard who was stabbed in the chest last April while trying to save students’ lives was recently fired by Pittsburgh school district officials because of old age.

John Resetar had worked at Franklin Regional High School for nine years before he was sent a letter Aug. 4 to alert him to his dismissal, according to the Daily Mail.

“What really upset me, more than anything is that nobody would sit down and talk to me and tell me to my face,” Resetar said, according to KDKA. “You know, I had to get a letter that was three weeks before school. The way I was let go, I didn’t think it was fair, for what I did for the school.”

Resetar was an employee of the Capital Asset Protection Inc, which runs security services for the Franklin Regional School District.

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“Franklin Regional and Capital came to the conclusion that ... it is best ... to relieve you of your duties at the school,” wrote Jeffrey Dahlke, the regional security operations manager, in the letter.

Last year, Resetar was stabbed in the chest while trying to stop teenager Alex Hribal from harming other students after he began attacking classmates with kitchen knives.

“(Resetar) was stabbed on a Wednesday and he returned to work the following Monday, after having a stab wound an inch below his heart,” said Tim Dawson, Resetar’s lawyer. “He's a young 70, he was a linebacker and he can certainly still perform his job.”

Now Resetar and Dawson say they are going to file a lawsuit. The school Resetar worked at was also surprised by the dismissal letter, said Mary Katherine Reljac, an assistant superintendent.

'We had communication with the company and are trying to get more information, but it wasn't really in our realm of control,' she said.

Source: Daily Mail, KDKA