A man injured while coming to the aid of an apparent domestic-violence victim has been given the Citizen of the Month award by law enforcement officials.
The incident began shortly after midnight Nov. 28 when James Tassano, driving home with a friend, noticed something in a grassy area on the side of the road.
"I saw this guy who appeared to be either beating or raping a woman," said Tassano, 41.
Tassano said he stopped his car and yelled at the man. The man, identified later by police as Christopher De Woody, charged Tassano's vehicle.
"I tried to detain him and there was a little scuffle, and then he stabbed me in the back," Tassano said.