PITTSBURGH – A in Louisiana cafeteria worker who saw a police officer struggling with a suspect and helped the officer subdue him, is one of 18 people honored with Carnegie Medals for bravery. The Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission announced the winners of Monday.
Vickie Tillman stopped her car last year when she saw the officer struggling. The 5-foot-2-inch woman rushed to the men, removed from the suspect the hand of the officer’s holstered gun and held his arm behind his back. As the man continued to punch the officer, 56-year-old Tillman, of Baton Rouge, which prevented his attack to other police officers arrived. It took two other police officers to subdue the offender and place him in custody.
The Hero Fund Commission was founded and endowed by steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. It has awarded nearly $40 million to 10,000 heroes or their families since 1904.
Tillman has been named the commission’s 10,000 th Carnegie Hero. She joins the most recent class includes Jimmy Rhodes, a 38-year-old radiographic technologist of Lumberton (North Carolina), who suffered burns while saving the pilot from a burning helicopter crash.
The winners will be presented with the Carnegie Medal at a gala in June in Pittsburgh.
Other winners announced Monday include:
—Austin Raishbrook , of Blue Jay, California, saved a man from a burning SUV in January 2017.
—John Gerard O ‘ Rourke , of Milford, Connecticut, rescued a 10-year-old boy from drowning after the child fell through the ice while playing on a frozen pond in February 2017.
—Louis Marano and Thomas W. Brown , both of Philadelphia, helped save two men from drowning in New Jersey in August 2016.
—Zachary J. Corey and Karen Marie Mallon , both of Beulah, Michigan, saved two unconscious children trapped in a burning vehicle in November 2016.
—Andrew L. Melhado of Milton , Massachusetts, rescued a 17-year-old, who was trapped in a burning car in December 2016.
—Michael Albert Rodriguez , of Howell, Michigan, helped with the rescue of a 45-year-old man who had crashed with his car in a pond after a medical emergency in July 2017.
—Joshua K. Watts , Bowling Green, Kentucky, saved by two people from an overturned and burning pickup truck in June 2017.
—Jason Alan Doig , of Sequim, Washington, helped with the rescue of a woman who tried to jump off a bridge in a suicide attempt in March 2017.
—William M. Mack III , of Aston, Pennsylvania, saved a woman from a house fire in March 2017.
—Thomas Julius Sais Jr. , of Palm Bay, Palm Bay, Florida, pulled a man from a burning SUV in October 2016.
—Matthew John Kalafat of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, saved a woman from drowning after she was hit by a wave and carried away from the coast in New Jersey in September 2016.
—Ross A. Johnson , Colorado Springs, Colorado, saved a woman who was stabbed by her estranged husband at a self-service car wash in March 2016.
—Robert Lee Thornton, Jr. , of Warren, Michigan, saved a woman from a pick-up truck thrown and caught in flames after a crash in November 2016.
—John Andrew Ussery , of Sanford, Florida, died after he tried to rescue his co-worker from drowning in Palm Beach in May 2017.