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Patriots player Justin Herron honoured by police for helping stop sexual assault

New England Patriots reserve, Justin Herron, was honoured as a hero by the Tempe (Arizona) Police Department for helping stop an attempted sexual assault in a park.

A 30-year-old suspect was seen Saturday pushing a 71-year-old retired teacher to the ground. That’s when Herron and another man, Murry Rogers, intervened. They were both presented with an “Outstanding Citizen” certificate by police at Wednesday’s news conference.

“We are here to honour two good Samaritans that intervened during this vicious attack and detained the suspect until police could arrive and make sure that he was taken into custody,” Detective Natalie Barela of the Tempe Police Department said at a news conference. “If not for the swift actions of Mr. Justin Herron and Mr. Murry Rogers, this vicious attack could’ve been much worse.”

Barela said the victim has experienced “a significant amount of trauma, but she is working through some of these things and physically doing OK.”

Said police Chief Jeff Glover: “The impact they’ve had on our victim’s life; these two individuals stepped forward and truly saved her life.”

“I’m a football player, so I’m kind of big,” Herron said. “I try not to be too aggressive with people knowing I could potentially hurt somebody. I do have a very loud voice, so all I did was just yell, tell him to get off her, and then yanked him off. And I told him to sit down and wait until the cops come.”

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