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Medal of Valor Presented to Attempted Abduction SurvivorSalem-News.com
The Department will present a second individual with a medal of Valor for his courageous actions in helping ward off the attacker.
(CORVALLIS, Ore.) - Corvallis Police Department presented Jessica Taylor-Weiss with the Corvallis Police Department Medal of Valor Saturday morning for her courageous actions on October 7th 2006 as she successfully fought off an attempted abduction and sexual assault in the 500 block of NW 23rd Street.
The award citation reads:
FOR extraordinary bravery on October 7, 2006 while defending herself from an attempted abduction by a convicted predatory sex offender. With her life at stake during a preplanned attack, Ms. Taylor-Weiss demonstrated an exceptional spirit-to-live as she ferociously and successfully fought off her larger and stronger attacker. Her fighting spirit was key to her own survival and led to the quick arrest, capture and ultimate conviction of the attacker who now faces life in prison. Ms. Taylor-Weiss' personal courage and valiant actions bring great credit to herself and earned her the respect of the entire Corvallis Police Department.
The Corvallis Police Department will conduct an award ceremony at 4:00 PM on June 17, 2009 in the Corvallis Library to recognize Department members for a number of meritorious achievements, including members involved in successfully investigating this attack.
During the attack, a former community member named Kelly Parkinson was riding his bike near the scene of the attempted abduction.
As Ms. Taylor-Weiss battled the attacker, Mr. Parkinson bravely intervened and assisted Ms.Weiss-Taylor by yelling at and chasing the attacker while calling 911.
The Department will present Mr. Parkinson, who now resides in Utah, with a medal of Valor for his courageous actions when he next visits Corvallis.
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