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By Maria Papadopoulos/The Enterprise


BOSTON — A Brockton man was commended in Boston on Wednesday for intervening to help an MBTA police officer who was being assaulted at South Station.

The Enterprise reported that Steven Germain, a Quincy native who works as a Massachusetts Bay commuter rail car inspector, received a Certificate of Commendation at Transit Police Headquarters in Boston Wednesday morning.

MBTA Transit Police Chief Paul S. MacMillan, who presented the certificate to Germain, praised Germain’s “service before self, perseverance and commitment” in helping to diffuse a chaotic situation.

“His swift and decisive measures disrupted an assault on a police officer which could have resulted in serious injuries,” MacMillan said in a statement Wednesday. “His immediate and selfless intervention directly contributed to the apprehension of a dangerous individual.”

Germain intervened to help MBTA Officer Vincent Moy, who was attacked while patrolling the commuter rail lobby inside Boston’s South Station about 7 p.m. on March 10, MacMillan said.

An unidentified man began acting erratically, and pushed Moy to the ground as the officer was trying to restrain and handcuff him, MacMillan said.

Germain saw the assault and “without regard for his own well-being,” quickly ran to help Moy, and pulled the man off him, MacMillan said.

Reached Wednesday afternoon, Germain, 54, said he acted quickly out of fear for the officer’s safety.

“I just did what I thought was right, took the man off him,” said Germain. “I didn’t think anything of it.”

Germain and Moy then restrained and handcuffed the man.

Germain, who is single, said he moved from Quincy to Brockton two years ago. He is a 1978 graduate of Quincy High School.

He said he has worked for the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail for two decades.

Ava Lins says boss took her off schedule after giving man $1 cup of joe 

Ava Lins, 19, is in financial dire straits.

“I have about $10 to my name,” she told NewsCenter 5 on Monday from her Salem apartment.

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Her electricity and her cellphone service are about to be terminated. She can barely afford her rent, and just finally caught up with her heating bill.

Lins said much of this is because the 7-11 convenience store on Norman Street in Salem is in the process of firing her for giving away a free coffee to a homeless man.

“He was freezing,” Lins told NewsCenter 5′s Liam Martin in an exclusive story. “You could tell. It was one of the coldest nights of the month.”

She offered him a warm cup of Joe — a small, worth about $1.

She said her boss, Romany Youseff, entered the store Thursday night as the homeless man was leaving.

“My boss … grabbed his jacket and began screaming and yelling, ‘Did you pay for this? Did you pay for this?’ And I lied for him, I said, ‘Yes,’” she said.

Youseff, the owner of the 7-11, confronted Lins about the incident the next day. She admitted that the man hadn’t actually purchased the coffee. Lins demanded that she pay for it.

She did. A few days later, she was effectively out of work.

“Basically my co-worker called me after my shift and told me that he took me off the schedule,” she said. “He was done with me.”

Lins said Youseff has wanted to fire her ever since she requested Sundays off and that he’s using this an opportunity. Under state law, employees at retail establishments can decline to work Sundays without fear of retribution from their employers.

Youseff would not talk to NewsCenter 5 on camera but told said he can’t allow employees to steal from the store. He denied that he has fired Lins, but said he is considering it.

A representative from 7-11′s corporate office in Dallas said the company doesn’t comment on personnel matters at franchises, as the owners are responsible for hiring and firing employees.

Lins said she simply wants to work.

“7-11 preaches that they’re customer-oriented,” she said. “Well, I tried to show that. I paid with my own money. I hope that if I ever worked for someone else, they would understand where I’m coming from,” she said.

By Dana Ford, CNN

updated 1:12 AM EST, Mon December 16, 2013
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Groom killed just hours after wedding

  • William Riley Knight had stopped to help a woman whose vehicle had slid into a ditch
  • He and Linda Darlington were struck multiple times as they stood by the side of the road
  • Knight’s new wife was waiting in the car when the accident happened
  • “We have a job to do here, but sometimes it just brings you sadness,” a spokeswoman says

(CNN) – A bride is in mourning.

Hours after the wedding, groom William Riley Knight, 49, of Crown Point, Indiana, was run over and killed.

His new wife was not injured.

They had just left their reception, according to Patti Van Til, a spokeswoman with the Lake County, Indiana, Sheriff’s Department.

“She was still in her wedding dress,” she said.

Knight was acting as a good Samaritan on Saturday night when he stopped to assist Linda Darlington, whose vehicle had slid into a ditch along a road in Crown Point. He climbed out to help while his wife waited in the car.

He and Darlington, 42, were struck multiple times as they stood by the side of the road. She was also killed.

According to CNN affiliate WBBM, which spoke to Knight’s ex-wife, he had four children, including two stepchildren.

He acted in community theater, was a hunter and reportedly served in the U.S. Army Rangers before retiring in the mid-1990s.

“He was very outgoing, always wanting to help somebody,” said friend Rob Biella, CNN affiliate WLS reported. “He was good to be around my kids. I’m glad they got to know him.”

All drivers remained on scene, and there is nothing to suggest that alcohol was a factor in the crash, according to Van Til.

The accident remains under investigation.

“He was just trying to do a good thing for somebody in need,” the spokeswoman said.

“It’s very sad. We have a job to do here, but sometimes it just brings you sadness.”


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