Bartender Proclaimed Hero After Saving Police Officer from Brutal Stabbing

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Those tasked with prevention loss and security can see some pretty outlandish things. Depending on the location and the business, some see little action while others deal with it constantly.

David Duncan, a 41-year-old security employee who works at Duck Inn Pub in Hyannis, Massachusetts, proved his worth during an altercation at the bar.

It was after midnight on a Thursday in August 2017, and someone was causing a ruckus. Mark Zwick, a man in his 40s, was behaving belligerently, having spat on another patron, and the police were called.

Officer James Melia showed up to handle the situation, and everything seemed to be going as expected. It took a while before Melia was able to detain Zwick, who was — in true drunken form — fighting back.

While the cop dealt with the nuisance, Duncan told him that he had his back — but someone else almost did, too.

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While the cop and the drunk were wrestling on the ground, someone with a vendetta decided to attack the policeman. Christopher Robson drew a knife and advanced on the sparring pair.

“Drop the knife! Drop the knife!” Duncan yelled, spotting the man. Robson did not drop the knife, so Duncan wrestled it from him and made sure he couldn’t get to it.

“The actions of David Duncan likely prevented a serious assault on the unknowing officer,” the Barnstable Police said later, according to CBS. “The Barnstable Police Department commends Mr. Duncan for his selfless, quick reaction in a very dangerous situation.”

“I believed that he was about to stab me,” Officer Melia said, according to the Cape Cod Times.

As of December 2018, Duncan has been one of 18 U.S. and Canadian citizens awarded with “The Carnegie Medal” for his bravery.

“The Carnegie Medal is given throughout the U.S. and Canada to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others,” the website dedicated to the award states.

“With this final announcement of 2018 recipients, a total of 10,062 Carnegie Medals have been awarded since the Pittsburgh-based Fund’s inception in 1904. Commission Chair Mark Laskow said each of the awardees or their survivors will also receive a financial grant.”

Duncan has declined to comment on the matter, but his actions are proof enough that he’s done well.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
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