New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today
presented Anthony Gallo, of Astoria, Queens, with the Department's "Civilian
Heroism Award," for his tremendous courage in restraining a
criminal until police arrived on Tuesday, July 15, in the
Atlantic Avenue subway station in Brooklyn. Commissioner Kelly presented the
award to Mr. Gallo during a press conference today at One Police Plaza.
On the night of the incident, David Smith, 23, slashed a woman in the face
with a knife on the northbound Q train. Gallo, 39, witnessed the crime, and when
the train stopped at the Atlantic Avenue station, he followed Smith off the
train and tackled him on the platform. Smith managed to cut Gallo several times
on the arms, but Gallo held him down until police officers arrived. The victim,
Erica Paul, 46, was treated for her injuries and later released from the
Brooklyn Hospital Center.
On behalf of the New York City Police Department, I want to thank Anthony
Gallo for his courage, bravery, and willingness to come to the help of a fellow
New Yorker," Commissioner Kelly said. "We want to honor Mr. Gallo with both a
'Civilian Heroism Award,' and a check for $500 provided by the Centurion
Foundation. Mr. Gallo is a true New York City hero."
Smith, a homeless man who was wanted for a similar subway slashing on the No.
2 train on July 14, was arrested and charged with assault.