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Man receives heroism award for helping stop stabbing

October 4, 2018

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been awarded a Carnegie Medal for heroism for helping stop a stabbing at a drugstore.

Warwick Mayor Joseph Solomon presented 22-year-old Connor Devine with the medal at City Hall on Wednesday, saying if it wasn’t for his effort the stabbing victim would be dead.

Devine stepped in after Jacob Gallant began stabbing 18-year-old Rite Aid clerk Alyssa Garcia at a Warwick store in March 2017.

Devine used a shopping cart to fend off the man until a customer in the store pinned Gallant down.

Devine, who worked at the store at the time, says he doesn’t think of himself as a hero. But he says he knew if he didn’t do anything, it would’ve been worse.

Gallant is serving a 25-year prison sentence.

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