Victim’s Family Upset, Says Son Deserves Recognition For Saving Friends

ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Four police officers received proclamations Monday for their role in saving the lives of two gunshot victims in Forward Township on Aug. 6.

But the other victim’s family says their loved one should have been honored as well.

Johnathan Minnie was gunned down outside the 136 Saloon after pushing two female friends out of the way. They, too, suffered gunshot wounds, but survived.

Alyssa Madison was shot in the leg. She says Minnie pushed her and Amanda Smith out of the direct line of gunfire.

“You know, it’s still a nightmare ‘cause I can’t thank him. He passed away. But I’m glad… we can go forward and get some closure,” Madison told KDKA’s Kym Gable.

Officers from Forward and Elizabeth Townships and Elizabeth Borough were recognized with honorary certificates, but Minnie’s family thinks he, too, should have received official recognition.

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Officers at the ceremony acknowledged Minnie’s role and called him a hero as well.

Officer Garret Kimmell is the patrolman who tied a tourniquet to Madison’s leg, likely saving her life.

“Also, there’s a feeling of sadness, ‘cause as you know, there’s one who didn’t make it that night,” Officer Jason Shallenberger said. “So, I really feel for the family. The one that lost their son.”

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