John Thomas Prokop Awarded Prestigious Carnegie Hero Medal for Bravery

(North Cowichan) – Today, North Cowichan Council was honoured to present Mr. John Thomas Prokop with the prestigious Carnegie Hero Medal. The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission was created in 1904 to recognize outstanding acts of selfless heroism performed in the United States and Canada. The medal is awarded to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.

“It is an incredible honour to recognize Mr. Prokop today,” says Mayor Al Siebring. “Mr. Prokop was one of only eighteen people – 16 Americans and two Canadians – who were named Carnegie heroes in 2018, and we are grateful for his presence in our community.”

On July 8, 2016, John Thomas Prokop, who owns James Street Billiards in North Cowichan, helped rescue a police officer from assault. Along one of our streets, a police officer struggled to detain a man who violently resisted arrest and was reaching for the officer’s duty belt that held a holstered handgun. Eventually, the assailant put the police officer in a headlock. Mr. Prokop ran to the pair and grasped the assailant, allowing the officer to escape the headlock. The officer held the assailant in a headlock while Prokop pinned the assailant’s legs until backup officers arrived.

North Cowichan Council extends its gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Prokop and applauds his receipt of the Carnegie Hero Award.

Constable Matt Baines and John Thomas Prokop


For more information, please contact:
Al Siebring, Mayor
Municipality of North Cowichan
T 250.710.3416