LISBON — A Lisbon man has been honored by local police for coming to the aid of a woman who was being attacked by her knife-wielding ex-boyfriend.

John Clark was given the “Award of Valor By a Citizen” by police Chief David Brooks at the town council meeting this week.

Police say Clark was in his home when he heard screams outside on the night of Feb. 27, 2011. He saw a car in his driveway where Leein Hinkley was assaulting the woman. Clark went to the woman’s aid and in the process suffered a knife wound.

Hinkley was found guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The Sun Journal reports that the plaque Clark received said his “quick and decisive action in the face of extremely dangerous conditions saved a life.”

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