This appeared in the August 20, 2008 York [Penn.] Daily Record:
June 28, 2008, was a defining moment in my life. It was the day I shot and killed a man in the defense of my life and the lives of others. We all have defining moments. They might not be as tragic as taking another man's life, but they are events that change the way we look at things -- or even, perhaps, how we live our lives.It is worth reading in full. Mr. Fentiman is clearly a very thoughtful, very articulate man describing a horrible situation where the only realistic choice was for him to intervene to protect a woman from a person who was either insane or so filled with rage that he might as well have been insane.
Before that muggy Saturday evening in June, I would have said my defining moments were many: graduating from high school; enlisting in the Army; getting married; having children; getting run over by a tow truck; and especially, meeting my fiancée, Maria. All of these events, and more, have happened in my life and changed me.