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Mayor who helped woman says he's no hero

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who was beaten while coming to the aid of an assault victim, said Wednesday he is no hero.

In his first public appearance since he was beaten with a pipe while assisting a grandmother who was being attacked at the Wisconsin State Fair Saturday, Barrett said his niece, Molly Flood, 20, is the real hero because she promptly called 911 when his cell phone was knocked out of his hand, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

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"I can't think of a situation like this where people would not have responded as I did," Barrett said. "When someone says, 'Call 911,' you call 911."

What came next was unexpected and "bizarre," he added. The man who was beating the older woman started beating Barrett with a length of pipe as well as his fists.

Fighting back, Barrett sustained broken bones in his right hand. He also suffered facial injuries and said he is taking a few days to rest and keep doctor's appointments.

Anthony Peters, 20, is being held in connection with the attack and is expected to be charged Thursday, the newspaper said.

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