DENVER (CBS4) – Two airline mechanics at Denver International Airport were honored on Tuesday for their heroics earlier this year when they saw a woman in need of help.
Mark Adams and Kris Musil were working on the tarmac on April 12 when they saw what appeared to be a woman being attacked inside Concourse A.READ MORE: Denver Weather: It Finally Feels Like December, But The Unprecedented Wait For Snow Continues
They ran inside and intervened.
“She was down on ground when we first got there. That’s when saw him take one last swing at her,” Musil said.
After that they held the male suspect until police arrived.
At Tuesday’s ceremony Denver police gave the two mechanics a special commendation and the Daniels Fund gave $1,000, calling them heroes.
“I couldn’t imagine somebody not intervening and helping her,” Adams said.
The image of the assault still haunts both men.READ MORE: Low Temperatures Help Firefighters Battling West Ranch Fire In Jefferson County
“I was always find myself looking up at the windows,” Adams said.
The heroes said the recognition is nice, but more meaningful, they say, is what the victim told them that night.
“She mouthed ‘Thank you’ to us when he finally let her go,” Musil said.
Police say the victim is asthmatic and was fighting for air when Adams and Musil found her. They helped her find her inhaler in her luggage.
Noel Bertrand, 26, of Portland, was arrested after the attack. He now faces one count of sexual assault.
“I wish we could have gotten there quicker when we figured out what was going on,” Musil said.
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Learn more about the Daniels Fund, named after cable pioneer Bill Daniels, at danielsfund.org.