Upton: Local hero a finalist for 2020 Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Citizen Honors Award
Tiana Carruthers shielded daughter and group of children during 2016 Kalamazoo shooting
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced that local Kalamazoo hero Tiana Carruthers has been named as one of the 20 finalists for this year’s Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Citizen Honors Award.
On February 20th, 2016 in Kalamazoo, a gunman - who was driving an Uber at the time - opened fire on several innocent lives killing six people and severely wounding another two. Carruthers fearlessly shielded her daughter and five other children with her own body when the gunman approached them at a local park. She was severely wounded, but no children were injured. Carruthers’ acts of heroism and selflessness saved the lives of these children, and she survived the attack.
“Tiana Carruthers is a local hero whose name and legacy should be known across the nation,” Upton said. “Her courage on that day in 2016 is simply remarkable, and by God’s grace, she survived, the children were not harmed, and now we can honor her as a nation for her unbelievable bravery. Our community will forever be in her debt because of what she did to protect her daughter and all of those children. She exemplifies what it means to be a true citizen hero. Tiana went from the common among us to an extraordinary hero deserving of recognition by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.”
Upton nominated her last October, and Carruthers was selected as one of the 20 finalists for this year’s award through two rounds of judging by an independent panel, with the final round exclusively of Medal of Honor recipients. More than 110 nominations from around the country were received for the prestigious awards.
On Thursday, March 12, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society is expected to announce the six citizens who will receive Citizen Honors Awards this year. The winners will be honored on National Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2020, at the Citizen Honors Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C.
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society was chartered by Congress in 1958 to create a brotherhood among the living Medal of Honor recipients; to protect and uphold the dignity and honor of the Medal; to promote patriotism and love of country; and to inspire our youth to become worthy and dedicated citizens of our nation. Its membership consists exclusively of those individuals who have received the Medal of Honor. Today, there are 71 living recipients of the Medal of Honor. The Society is unique in that its membership hopes that there will be no need to welcome new inductees.