Portland police officers were honored Thursday for their heroic efforts on the job, but the police bureau also left room for a brave civilian.
Scott Adams received the Portland Police Civilian Medal for Heroism.
In August, Adams was working construction at Portland Community College when he saw a man run through the job site.
He heard people shouting that the man had just robbed a bank, so Adams chased after him.
Police said the suspect, Frazer Piccolo, eventually confronted Adams, threatened him and even tried to punch him.
But Adams managed to dodge the punch and then landed a punch of his own on Piccolo, bringing him down. Adams then held Piccolo down until officers arrived.
"They were saying it was a great job (and) that if I hadn't taken action, there's a chance he might have gotten away," Adams said. "I'm a hard-working individual and for people to try and take something that isn't theirs, I'm not going to just stand around and watch it."
A police sergeant joked at the ceremony that Adams should stop by the recruitment table on his way out.
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Thursday, July 31 2014 11:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:57:19 GMT
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