BOSTON (CBS/AP) — A livery driver who helped thwart a suspected kidnapping has received a bravery award named for a flight attendant on one of the two planes that were hijacked in Boston and flown into the World Trade Center towers 14 years ago.
The Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery was given Friday to Albeiro Gomez of Worcester during a Statehouse event marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Officials said Gomez unwittingly picked up the kidnapping suspect and his two captives, a woman and her 11-month-old baby. When police later surrounded the vehicle, Gomez lunged over the seat and took the suspect’s gun, helping police capture the man.
Sweeney was credited with discreetly contacting authorities and providing them with the first critical information about the actions of the hijackers.
Speaking through an interpreter, Gomez says he’s no hero.
“All I did was (act) as a good citizen should have acted,” he said.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports
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