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Kaneohe man who disarmed a robber is nominated for national award

A 36-year-old Kaneohe man who disarmed a knife-wielding robber Dec. 8 at a sushi has been named one of 20 national finalists for the Citizen Service Before Self Honors, an honor which “epitomizes service before self.”

The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation announced Monday the finalists — “ordinary Americans who became extraordinary through their indomitable courage and selflessness,” a news release said.

Ten of the finalists, including Walter Jennings Fowler, were selected for a single act of extraordinary heroism.

The recipients will be announced March 12 and honored at a ceremony March 23 in conjunction with National Medal of Honor Day March 25 to be held at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery, Va.

Fowler and his wife were dining at the Sushi King restaurant on South King Street when a man walked in  and wielded a large knife, demanding money from the 63-year-old owner, police said. Fowler grabbed the man’s wrist and forearm and disarmed him.

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