Clark County awards ‘heroic’ veteran medal

Neil Burkhardt injured tackling armed woman Feb. 4

Neil Burkhardt, who tackled a gunwoman in a February shooting at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs office in Vancouver, shows the Citizen Service medal he received Tuesday from Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas (Ariane Kunze/The Columbian)
Neil Burkhardt, who tackled a gunwoman in a February shooting at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs office in Vancouver, shows the Citizen Service medal he received Tuesday from Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas (Ariane Kunze/The Columbian)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN 6 with files from the Columbian) — Neil Burkhardt, a former U.S. Marine, was awarded a medal for courage and composure after tackling an armed woman and wrestling the gun from her hands Feb. 4.

Tuesday, Clark County commissioners presented the medal to Burkhardt, who was injured in the incident and hospitalized, according to the proclamation.

“The prompt intervention and quick thinking by Mr. Burkhardt and his concern for others likely saved the victim from harm and safeguarded the lives of numerous other fellow human beings,” the proclamation reads.

The board of commissioners thanked Burkhardt for his heroic actions.

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