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San Gabriel Valley Digest

Regional : 6 Heroic Citizens Honored

October 26, 1989

Lee Bibbie of Altadena, who saved a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy last August, was among six people whose heroism was recognized Monday in a "Courageous Citizens Award" ceremony at the Van Nuys Courthouse.

Bibbie saved the deputy after an assailant struck him and tried to strangle him in a Palmdale bank. The attacker was convicted of forgery and sentenced to four years in prison, authorities said.

Evelyn Jones, 42, of Pasadena, who jumped into her car and chased a young man on a bicycle who had stolen her purse, also was honored. Jones eventually flagged down a patrolman, who arrested the thief.

Four men were honored for participating in the capture and disarming of a robber: Samuel Luffman, 65, who was with his 97-year-old father when they were held up; Steven Kelley, a Sherman Oaks church custodian, and Antonio Perez and John Vallejo, employees of a Sun Valley termite extermination company.

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner presented the awards.

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