LOS ANGELES – Awards and recognition continue to pour in for the Lancaster residents who saved a deputy from being attacked on the side of the road this past January.
Gale Smith, Mario Barrera, and Tyson Ray Beers received Courageous Citizen Awards Friday from Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley.
Courageous Citizen Awards are presented several times a year to residents who have performed extraordinary acts of valor and selflessness in aiding victims, preventing crime, capturing suspects and assisting in criminal prosecutions.
On January 31, 2012, Deputy Kimberly Boissier was in the process of detaining an attempted car-jacking suspect, near the Antelope Valley courthouse, when the suspect attacked Bossier, tried to push her in front of a bus, and attempted to grab her gun.
Smith, 63, was the first to help the deputy, grabbing the suspect in a headlock and trying to remove his hands from the deputy’s weapon.
Barrera, 48, and Beers, 40, saw the struggle, stopped their vehicles and assisted in bringing the suspect to the ground. Barrera grabbed the suspect’s right arm and pried his fingers from the deputy’s weapon. The honorees held the suspect until additional deputies took him into custody.
District Attorney Cooley also presented Daniel Perugini, 61, of Tujunga, and Daniel Plascencia, 66, of Sylmar, with Courageous Citizen Awards.
Perugini subdued a disgruntled workers’ compensation claimant who stabbed a lawyer in a downtown courtroom on May 20, 2010. While many people in the building ran away, Perugini rushed to the courtroom and held the defendant down with a chair.
Plascencia came to the aid of a neighbor who was attacked by one of three men who were burglarizing her home on June 10, 2011. Plascencia broke his arm while stopping the attack.
Lancaster residents Smith, Barrera, and Beers were also recognized by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on March 6. Supervisor Michael Antonovich presented the trio with commendation certificates.
(Information via press release from the Los Angeles District Attorneys Office.)
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