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Local man recognized with a Carnegie Award

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Eighteen people, 16 Americans and two Canadians were recently named Carnegie heroes for risking their lives for others in life-threatening situations.

One of those two Canadians is from Duncan.

John Prokop of James Street Billiards said he looked out his window one day in July of 2016 and saw a scuffle between a police officer and a young man and about 50 people were lined up around the scene taking pictures, so he ran out to take some pictures too.

“I took three pictures and I recognized the officer was in front of the young kid and the kid had him in a headlock. So, I took my third picture and I yelled out, ‘Somebody’s got to help him.” Nobody did anything, so I put my camera down and ran over there. I grabbed the kid around the neck, he let go of the officer and next thing you know I am on the bottom of the pile going face first down the stairs. I got out and just laid on the kids’ legs.”

The award is a huge honour, Prokop is one of only 10,062 people in 114 years that have been recognized for their actions and only ten per cent of those people have been Canadians.

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Last fall, Prokop was given the Commanding Officer Commendation for Assisting an Officer in Distress and that’s a pin he says he’s also proud to wear.

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