A Morton veteran who fought off of a library attacker in 2015 is among 18 recipients of the Carnegie medal for heroism.

It’s a story that’s making us central Illinois proud.

James Vernon, an Army veteran was teaching a chess class at the Morton public library, when a mentally-ill man entered the building wielding two knives.

With the kid’s safety in mind, Vernon positioned himself between the man and the door until police arrived. Vernon suffered two slashed arteries in his left hand and damaged a tendon in a finger. The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, based in Pittsburgh, has been honoring heroes since 1904.