Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley will bestow Courageous Citizens Awards upon four area individuals for their exemplary bravery in the face of violence at a luncheon taking place onboard the Queen Mary in the Grand Salon from noon-1:15 p.m. Wednesday.
“It is our hope that this kind of public recognition, in a world where heroes are hard to come by, will have a far-reaching impact on our community—and particularly our young people,” reads a statement on the district attorney’s web site.
One of the honorees, a Gardena resident, is being recognized for her heroism that protected an 8-month-old infant from his own father, who was allegedly intent on removing his son from the daycare where she worked for one horrendous purpose—killing him.
A Long Beach resident who saved a woman from a brutal attack by her estranged boyfriend will also be honored, according to the district attorney's office, as well as two men who were knifed as they protected another man from two assailants.
The annual event, one of four taking place around Los Angeles, is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Long Beach and is being held during one of their regular meetings, said Shari Farmer, a field deputy at the district attorney's office.
Rotary and Kiwanis clubs typically host the Courageous Citizens Awards, which were created to recognize those who have displayed valor, aided in apprehending a suspect or otherwise risked their own safety to help others.
Past recipients from Long Beach include Dennis Dyson, 61, who in 2008, along with Luisdiego Santiago, 25, of Reseda, aided a rape victim and helped police track down her attacker, according to the district attorney's office. The suspect was subsequently convicted and sentenced to life.
To see a list of last year’s Courageous Citizens, click here.
The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.