Allegheny County sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Faulds, with his 4-year-old daughter Raegan, during the American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast on Thursday.
By Liz Navratil Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Allegheny County sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Faulds was on his way to kiss his wife and daughter goodbye before they headed out of town in April when shots erupted Downtown.
He turned a corner and saw people running down the street. In less than two minutes, he had three people in custody.
"I remember it like it was yesterday," he said.
Thursday morning, the local chapter of the American Red Cross presented Sgt. Faulds of Whitehall with its Professional Responder Hero award, one of several given to recognize local people for outstanding work in different categories.
Sgt. Faulds arrived outside the Capital Grille as shots were being fired April 5. He spotted a man -- later identified as a 22-year-old Bellevue man -- raise his gun and shoot at one of the two men who would later be charged with shooting him.
Sgt. Faulds inserted himself between the fighting parties and quickly detained them, noticing at one point that one of the men was reaching for a gun on the ground. An off-duty Pittsburgh police officer who had been nearby arrived shortly afterward and helped Sgt. Faulds until on-duty officers arrived.
"I didn't do anything different than anybody else would have done," Sgt. Faulds said this week. "I got to go home at night."
When he compared himself to colleagues from other departments who have been shot on the job -- Pittsburgh police officers Andrew Baker and Christopher Kertis and former Clairton officer James Kuzak, among others -- he said he felt fortunate.
"Those guys deserve every bit of the credit for what they do, too," he said.
Sgt. Faulds was one of four people nominated for the Professional Responder Hero award. A panel of media members reviewed the nominations and selected the winners.
Also honored at Thursday's Heroes Breakfast were David McCleary of New Alexandria, Educator Hero; Marjorie Montanari of Lower Burrell, Lifetime Commitment to the Red Cross; Richard Spear of South Fayette, Good Samaritan Hero Award; Bill McGregor of Karns City, Military Hero; and Karlea Holub of Elizabeth, Youth Hero. Pittsburgh fire Chief Darryl Jones was also recognized with a community leadership award.