Elderly Woman Who Died Defending Friend From Sexual Assault Awarded Carnegie Hero Medal
Fusako M. Petrus, an 86-year-old resident of North Highlands, California who died while protecting her friend from sexual assault, is one of the 17 recipients of the Carnegie Medal.
The award: Petrus was named a Carnegie hero in the list released by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission last Tuesday.
“I hope I’m as tough as she is when I’m that age”
Fusako Petrus is oldest @carnegie_hero recipient in 106yr history, given to civilians who extraordinarily risk lives for others.
In 2017, North Highlands 86yo killed saving 61yo friend from brutal attack on morning walk @kcranewspic.twitter.com/caQZzIBwkS
Each of the 17 recipients and their survivors will receive the Carnegie Medal as well as a financial grant, Commission Chair Mark Laskow said.
The Carnegie Medal is the highest honor for civilian heroism in the United States and Canada, which is given to those who put their lives in danger to save or attempt to save others from life-threatening events.
The 86-year-old woman, who is the oldest person to ever receive the medal in the commission’s 106 years of history, saved her friend from being sexually assaulted while walking on the Highland Highschool Track in April 2017. It happened on the track Petrus and her friends have walked on for 50 years.
The suspect, Neven Butler, turned his attention to Petrus and beat her to death while her 61-year-old friend ran to ask for help.
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