“The Night of the Attack, His First Response was to Take Care of Me. He was Being Attacked and He Didn’t Fight for His Life. He Got Me Up and Probably That’s Why He Didn’t Make It … He Wanted to Make Sure I had a Chance”

On 12 November 2010, Paul Skinner, age 47, and his wife, Mara, were lying asleep in bed in their home in Yale, Michigan, when two men tried to stab them to death. In September 2015, Mr. Skinner’s first reaction when he woke up was to shake his wife awake rather than shield himself against their knives. His wife, Mara McCalmon, formerly Skinner, said, “The night of the attack, his first response was to take care of me. He was being attacked and he didn’t fight for his life. He got me up and probably that’s why he didn’t make it … he wanted to make sure I had a chance.” Mara added, “If he wouldn’t have done that, I know I wouldn’t have been here. He is my hero.” Mr. Skinner then fought the men and chased them out of his home despite his multiple stab wounds. Mara herself had been stabbed over 20 times. Mr. Skinner died as the two men fled. On 15 November 2015, Mara McCalmon and the St. Clair County Victims Rights office will host a fundraising 5K run and 2-mile walk called “P.S. You’re My Hero” in Port Huron, Michigan. Sheryl Eckert, St. Clair County’s victim rights coordinator and office manager, said, “Paul died a hero. He saved Mara’s life. Everyone has heroes — parents, grandparents, police, veterans, doctors, nurses — we’ve all had someone who has lifted us up when we’ve been down.” The two men who attacked them are both serving sentences of life in prison without parole.

For More Information: Liz Shepard of Port Huron Times Herald (Michigan), “5K run to honor murder victim and hero Paul Skinner.” Detroit Free Press. 18 September 2015


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