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County man honored for bravery

March 03, 1999

ANNAPOLIS - A Washington County man who tackled a gunman in front of the White House in 1994 got a standing ovation Tuesday in the Maryland Senate.

Kenneth Alan Davis, now a minister at Tri-State Church of God in Boonsboro, was introduced to the Senate chamber by Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington.

"We are looking at a real hero," Munson told his colleagues.

Davis and another bystander intercepted a man who had opened fire on the White House with a semiautomatic rifle on Oct. 29, 1994.

In addition to the recognition Tuesday, Davis gave the invocation to start the Senate's morning session.

"I think it's awesome," Davis said afterward.

Davis, 28, urged more people to watch the legislative process.

Davis was eagerly waiting to hear the senators debate a proposed assisted-suicide ban, but the discussion was put off until today.

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In theory, Davis said he's against assisted suicide.

"What's to say there wouldn't be a miraculous turnaround. I don't think we're the judge or the jury on life," he said.

However, he said he didn't know enough details about the proposed ban to form an opinion.

Both Munson and Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, support the ban.

Munson invited Davis to give the invocation. Davis was accompanied by the church's youth pastor, Tim Fisher.

- Laura Ernde

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