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Josh Gahl receives Hometown Heroes Award

Josh Gahl, the Good Samaritan who chased down killer Avondre Graham, was honored by the American Red Cross with a Hometown Heroes Award.

Gahl's actions led to the arrest of Graham, who fatally stabbed Sharlotte McGill as she walked her dog along the Spokane River. Gahl had no idea he was chasing a murder suspect, only a guy who had left a lady jogger bleeding and screaming for help along the Centennial Trail, but by the time it was over Gahl had helped Spokane Police solve a homicide.

After Gahl called 9-1-1 and was able to guide police to the place where Gahl had body checked Graham into the river. Later that evening Graham admitted he was responsible for several trail-side attacks including the one that killed McGill.

Gahl received a Hometown Heroes Award from the American Red Cross for his actions.

"What he did was heroic and we need people like that in this community. We can't do it with out the community's help and what he did is exactly what we would ask of the community," Spokane Police Assistant Chief Craig Meidl said.

Crimestoppers of the Inland Northwest recently gave Gahl a $1,000 reward for his role in Avondre Graham's murder conviction. Gahl says it was never about the money, just coming to the aid of a stranger, which he did without regard for his own safety.


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