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St. Helens man receives national award for 'civilian heroism'

SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Jacob Jones with his son, Ethan, pose for a photo  in 2015 just weeks after Jones helped disarm a neighbor who fired a gun at another man in their St. Helens neighborhood. Jones also helped detain the man who fired the weapon until police arrived, an effort that drew praise from the St. Helens Police Department.A St. Helens man was one of 23 people to be recognized nationally as a Carnegie Medal recipient for acts of civilian heroism.

Jacob Jones, 35, was awarded the honor on June 30 by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, a fund based in Pittsburgh, Penn., and established in 1904 to recognize heroic acts. The award is accompanied by a financial grant.

Jones was honored for helping safely disarm and detain a man who was threatening neighbors with a gun during an altercation last year.

On March 27, 2015, a fight between neighbors Robert Goin, 71, a teenager, and Albert Schneider, 75, broke out when Goin allegedly confronted the teen. Schneider intercepted the argument, at which point Goin produced a .22-caliber handgun and shot Schneider

in the stomach before Schneider was able to get the gun away.

Jones was alerted to the situation outside his home, when he ran barefooted down the road to see what was going on. He took the gun from Schneider and immediately removed the magazine and placed the gun in a nearby garage.

After being alerted by the teen that Goin was going to his vehicle to get another weapon, Jones went to the man and grabbed a second gun from his hands and tossed it onto the sidewalk behind them. Jones then used a martial arts tactic to take Goin to the ground and pin him so he could not reach the weapon until police arrived on the scene.

Jones and Schneider were recognized by the St. Helens Police Department in April 2015 and were each awarded a Civilian Medal of Honor for their actions. Goin remains in custody at the Columbia County Jail and is awaiting trial for attempted murder.

In 2016, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission awarded 47 medals, and has awarded 9,868 medals since 1904. Since then, $38.2 million has been given in grants, death benefits and other assistance funds through the program.