Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Community Hero - Cameron Aulner - Prevented Child Abduction

WESTMINSTER, Colo. - It was anything but an ordinary Saturday at the Wal-Mart at 92nd and Sheridan.
Westminster Police confirm that on September 19th, a man grabbed and molested a little girl. Witnesses say he picked her up and was headed for the door.
Bystanders started yelling for help. But no one stopped the suspect, 34-year-old Kevin Salyers. Until something even more unusual happened.
A man working at the Comcast table at the front of the store tackled the suspect. Even more amazing, the Comcast employee, 22-year-old Cameron Aulner was in a wheelchair.

"It was something that happened so fast, I didn't even think about it," Aulner said Tuesday. "I'm not a hero. I just did what you're supposed to do."
Aulner lost the use of his legs when he fell off a roof installing Christmas Lights. He said he played a little football before he got hurt and knew how to tackle.

"He just had this look of astonishment, he didn't know what hit him," Aulner said. Witnesses say Aulner helped hold Salyers down until police arrived.
Westminster Police charged Salyers with Sexual Assault on a Child. They are considering giving Aulner an official commendation.
Comcast is also praising his efforts.
"As a parent, I'm thrilled that the child was ok and the person was apprehended," Marketing and Sales director Matthew Moyer said. "I applaud Cameron for getting involved and happy that the child wasn't injured."

Aulner said this was simply a matter of doing the right thing.

"When someone has an opportunity to help someone else, it doesn't matter who you are, you have a responsibility to do that," Aulner said.

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