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Photographer honored by Brooklyn Archdiocese for act of courage amid subway attack

A lifelong Brooklyn resident is being honored by the Brooklyn Archdiocese after intervening in a subway knife attack.

News 12 Staff

Jul 20, 2021, 11:41 PM

Updated 1,008 days ago

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A lifelong Brooklyn resident is being honored by the Brooklyn Archdiocese after intervening in a subway knife attack.
On May 19, Sean Conaway was commuting from a 12-hour shift as a photographer at CBC News.
That’s when he stepped in to tackle a man stabbing an innocent bystander. The incident happened at Union Square station.
“Kelli had her back turned and she was targeted for that. She was an easy target,” says Conaboy. Kelli is the victim who suffered multiple stab wounds to her neck.
Conaway tells News 12 it was in that very moment that he felt God with him and knew he needed to intervene to help.
“Some angel or saint was watching over me. My back was exposed, I had tunnel vision, I knew I could be injured myself,” says Conaboy.
The photographer says he typically takes the D train, but because it wasn’t running he opted to find an alternative route - which led him to that specific subway station.


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