Bishop International Airport terror attack heroes honored

GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT)- (03/12/18) - The brave actions of a group of men may have saved the lives of many during a terror attack at Bishop International Airport last June.

Monday, those heroes were honored by the Genesee County Board of Commissioners.

"Lt. Jeff Neville did not stop fighting until the very last click of the handcuffs could be heard," said Genesee County Commissioner Mark Young.

That life-saving effort by Neville and his colleagues was recognized Monday for putting their lives on the line to stop the alleged terrorist attack at the airport last June.

"The Board of Commissioners pays special tribute to the heroic actions of Bishop International Airport Authority employees for their actions during the terrorist attack at Bishop International airport," Young said.

The men were presented with resolutions to show the county's appreciation in stopping the attack.

"On behalf of the department of public safety, I am so proud my staff. I couldn't do the job I do every day without them," said Bishop International Airport Police Chief, Chris Miller.

"If it wasn't for these guys here I wouldn't be here. That guy right there is responsible for giving me a second chance at life." Lt. Jeff Neville, stopped terror attack.

Neville was brutally attacked from behind by the suspected terrorist, sustaining stab wounds to his neck and shoulders.

He was given a special honor. March 12 was named "Lt. Jeff Neville Day" in Genesee County. Neville said he is overwhelmed by the honor.

"It's kind of hard to believe. I knew I was going to get an award, but I didn't know I was going to have a day and it's quite emotional to tell you the truth," Neville said.

The suspect in the attack, Amor Ftouhi, is expected to go trial at the end of July.

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