LOS ANGELES– As The AV Times reported last month, grandmother of six and local pastor, Rev. Dr. Gale Smith, jumped out of her car and ran to help a female deputy who was in the struggle of her life with a carjacking suspect on the side of the road. (Read more here.)
Tuesday, Smith along with the three other men who came to the deputy’s aid – Gilbert Ibarra, Tyson Beers, and Mario Barrera – were recognized for their kindness and bravery during a special presentation by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich.
“Their quick action was able to come to the aid so that Deputy Boissier was able to retain her weapon, the suspect was able to be arrested, and we avoided any type of deadly occurrence on that day,” said Supervisor Michael Antonovich. “We want to recognize these four good Samaritans and also the deputy for her professionalism that helped with the arrest of this individual who was a danger to our community.”
Lancaster Station Captain Bob Jonsen also praised the quick actions of the four residents.
“I’m extremely honored to be here today and to thank each of these residents of Lancaster for coming to one of our own’s aid when she so dearly needed it,” Jonsen said. “Thank you… we really appreciate everything you do, and I look forward to each of you being a volunteer for Lancaster Sheriff’s Station in the near future.”
The four good Samaritans, along with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Kimberly Boissier were each awarded commendation certificates from Antonovich on behalf of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.