DeKalb County workers honored for catching carjackers
DECATUR, GA (CBS46) -
Three DeKalb County workers were honored Tuesday for helping to take down a carjacker.
The incident happened just outside the county's administration building back on July 3rd, when a teenager carjacked a woman at gun point.
Sean Brown was one of the workers honored.
"I heard her screaming, so I turned my head and she was loud. Call 911," said Brown.
He called 911, but not until after he and his co-worker Harvey Carter hopped in their car and followed the suspect, while giving police details along the way.
"You see it happen and you don't have time to think. You just gotta do it," said Brown.
The suspect did have a gun, so it was a dangerous thing to do, but Carter said it was worth it.
"I feel good about the situation knowing that one more crime is off the street. I feel good about that," said Carter.
The three heroes weren't the only ones feeling good. County Commissioners said they couldn't be prouder, and honoring them with a plaque was the least they could do.
"Too often when tragedy strikes people just turned to their phones and start videotaping. These people took action. This was people getting involved and doing what's best for a fellow citizen," said Sharon Barnes Sutton.
"Its internal courage. That's something to be said about our employees. They're always thinking about other people," said Commissioner Kathie Gannon.
This story comes at a perfect time for Decatur; a city dealing with a recent crime spree.
Town hall meetings were held with the police department to talk about the problems, but the story of the three workers' brave actions was also brought up.
Carter said he hopes it inspires other citizens to step up, but he also wants it to become a message for other criminals in the area.
"Just because you don't see the police, there are other citizens and employees that care about this county such as myself," said Carter.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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