TROY, Ala. – Former Troy University football player Kyle Lucas was presented the lifesaving award by the Gulf Shores Police Department earlier this month for his heroic actions on Oct. 17, 2013.
Lucas and fellow officer James Johnston saved a woman who was inches from jumping off the W.C. Holmes Bridges over the Intracoastal Waterway according to a report by AL.com.
“These officers ran up behind her and snatched her arms and pulled her back across,” Lt. Mike Hill said during the ceremony. “And without a doubt that young lady would be dead if these two officers had not done what they’d done and it is my great honor to be able to present them with a lifesaving award.”
“Kyle was always a leader on our football team and a young man who worked hard from a walk-on to earn a scholarship,” Troy head coach Larry Blakeney said. “To save the life of another person is truly a heroic act and we are all very proud of Kyle’s actions.”
A native of Holtville, Ala., Lucas started every game at defensive tackle as a senior for the Trojans in 2012 and played in 26 games over his career. Lucas finished his career 42 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.