Seattle Pacific student who stopped shooting among Carnegie Heroes
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A student building monitor who stopped a fatal campus shooting in Washington state is one of 24 people being honored with medals and cash from the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Heroes Fund Commission.
Jon Meis pepper-sprayed and tackled a gunman as he paused to reload his shotgun at a building at Seattle Pacific University on June 5, 2014, likely preventing further carnage.
Meis and other students subdued the man until officers arrived.
The Carnegie Hero awards are named for Pittsburgh steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who was inspired by stories of heroism during a coal mine disaster that killed 181 people, including a miner and an engineer who died trying to rescue others.
The commission’s new honorees, who will be formally announced Thursday, include four who died trying to save others.