Running Towards Violence to Help a Detective

By: Meryl Conant
By: Meryl Conant

When there's fighting and blood in one direction, many of us would run the other way. But one Valley resident ran towards a struggle and helped a detective in need.

Waynesboro Detective Robert Luzader was trying to arrest a suspect when things turned violent.

He says no one knew where he was and he dropped his radio so he couldn't call for help.

Luzader says a group of the suspect's friends were nearby and the suspect was reaching for his gun.

That's when Linda Jewell stepped in and called for help.

Friday, the Waynesboro Police Department gave her the first Citizenship Award for her efforts.

"Her actions to me were very heroic," said Detective Luzader. "It certainly assisted me in trying to take this violent man into custody, especially since no one knew where I was and it was just the two of us with some of his friends nearby struggling."

"It's nice to be on the other side," Jewell said. "It feels like you are part of group that are helping others and helping the community."

And she says she would do the same thing if it all happened again.

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