It was less than a week ago when Utica Police Officer John Lomonico responded to a burglary. What he thought was a routine call, turned out to be an incident that could have cost him his life if it weren't for two neighbors.
"I didn't really think about it,” says good Samaritan Jack Carter.
"Weren’t thinking about it at all just went to help and what happened happened and once you start you can't stop,” says good Samaritan Stanley Markis.
If you ask Carter and Markis, they say it was just instinct but to the rest of the City, they are heroes. On July 31st Officer Lomonico responded to a burglary call on Lexington Place. When he got to the house, a man was climbing out of the window. Officer Lomonico then chased the armed man down and started wrestling on the ground and that's when Carter and Markis came to the rescue.
"I was in the house right here and he had him tackled on the ground and I went up and asked him if he needed help and he said yes I do, so I helped him and during the helping process is when we saw the hand gun,” said Markis.
"He said he had a gun and stand kicked the gun across the street and then Officer Lomonico was saying that he was trying to go for his gun so I came down, I grabbed his arm, put it back in arm bar until he got his cuffs and put them on him,” says Carter.
Officer Lomonico was able to arrest the man but more importantly, he says his life was spared, which is why the City honored Carter and Markis as well as Officer Lomonico with certificates and gift cards. And there was certainly no shortage of civic pride.
"I’m very proud of my baby brother, he has always been one, if there's an incident he'd be there to help,” said Daniel Markis, Stanley’s older brother.
"One of those days you never forget about, it gives you goose bumps, as I said it could have been a tragic day and instead it's a bright, sunny, beautiful day on Wednesday,” said Mayor Robert Palmieri.
Carter and Markis were each given $500 gift cards through
contributions from the Thomas Lindsey Foundation, the Mayor, the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) and the Police Chief and Deputy Chief's Union.
Carter was also given free passes to water safari to take his five children.
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