By Associated Press - Wednesday, October 3, 2018

BOSTON (AP) - The widow of a Massachusetts teacher stabbed to death protecting a pregnant waitress from a knife-wielding mentally ill suspect is asking that her husband’s name be removed from a memorial to homicide victims.

Rosemary Heath says no one told her that the name of her husband, George Heath, would be added to Boston’s Garden of Peace .

George Heath died in May 2016 when he tried to stop a man with a knife at a Bertucci’s restaurant in a Taunton mall.

Rosemary Heath says her husband was not a victim, but a hero. She says a victim has no choice, but her 56-year-old husband had a choice and chose to fight back.

Officials with the Garden of Peace say George Heath’s name was added at the request of his daughter.

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