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Woman credits Oklahoma guardsman with saving her life during brutal attack

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OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City woman credits a guardsman with the Oklahoma National Guard for saving her life following a brutal attack.

On March 15, Katelyn Powers says it was a normal day as she and her boyfriend drove along I-35, near the I-40 interchange.

Without warning, Powers says her boyfriend turned on her and began attacking her with a kitchen knife.

Powers, who is eight months pregnant, was able to pull to the side of the road and get out of the car.

Witnesses say the man continued to stab her.

Several people called 911, but initially, only one stopped.

Oklahoma Army National Guardsman Sgt. Kevin Painter saw Powers being attacked and immediately put his car between her and her boyfriend.

Other witnesses began to do the same thing.

Painter says that is when Powers’ boyfriend, Christian Hillard, became scared and jumped off the bridge and into the Oklahoma River.

Painter, who is a trained Army medic, immediately began treating Powers until EMS arrived on the scene.

On Saturday, Powers was finally able to thank the man she says saved her life.

Powers says she felt like she was going to die on the side I-35 until Painter stopped his car.

“I really thought that was the end for me,” she said.

“I’m glad to know that you are doing okay and that your baby is going to be okay,” said Painter.

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