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In THE NEW AMERICAN for May 19, 2003, we reported the story of Ukiah, California, Police Sergeant Marcus Young. Young was shot five times by a male assailant while attempting to take a female shoplifter into custody at a Ukiah Wal-Mart on March 7, 2003. Store security guard Brett Schott ran to assist the fallen officer, wresting the gun from the attacker but suffering a knife wound in the process.

Police cadet Julian Covella, then 17, had accompanied Sgt. Young that day. After radioing for help, Covella ran to Young's side, removed the officer's gun from its holster, and placed it (as Young directed) in the lawman's left hand. Though bleeding profusely, Young then shot and killed the malefactor before he could drive off. Young survived and eventually returned to light-duty work.

On March 18 of this year, the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission announced that Schott and Covella had each been awarded a Carnegie Medal and $3,500 cash stipend for "risk[ing] their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others." And on March 22, President Bush presented Sgt. Young the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, the nation's highest award for valor by a public safety officer.
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Title Annotation:The Goodness Of America
Author:Lee, Robert W.
Publication:The New American
Date:Jul 12, 2004
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