A sheriff’s sergeant will receive the state’s top law enforcement award for saving a woman in her 70s from a sword-wielding man identified as her son by authorities.
Sgt. Troy Brightbill of the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office burst into the West Longview home on Dec. 3, just as the man was charging the woman with the samurai sword.
In a split second, Brightbill shoved her out the door with one hand while firing his Taser at the man with his other.
“I could probably never pull it off again if I practiced it a million times,” Brightbill told The Daily News. “To this day I’m still baffled that both of those Taser darts hit him.”
Gov. Chris Gregoire will present Brightbill with the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor during a May 6 ceremony in Olympia.
Brightbill called the award a surprise.