Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Given the Chance I Know He Would Do It All over Again for Anyone; Girlfriend's Emotional Tribute as Shane Is Honoured for 'Ultimate Sacrifice' in Saving Pal

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Given the Chance I Know He Would Do It All over Again for Anyone; Girlfriend's Emotional Tribute as Shane Is Honoured for 'Ultimate Sacrifice' in Saving Pal

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Byline: BETHANY LODGE bethany.lodge@trinitymirror.com @bethlodge1

MURDER victim Shane Tunney has been honoured for his "ultimate sacrifice" when he died saving his best friend from a horrific gang attack.

Shane, of Norton, was given a posthumous Carnegie Hero Fund Trust award for his bravery.

The intimate ceremony at Stockton Town Hall took place in front of a handful of Shane's loved ones, and the family of the friend he helped to save.

The 24-year-old died from his injuries in July 2015, almost five weeks after he and Anthony Kirk were attacked in Holly Street, Norton.

Shane, who had already been punched to the ground, ran to nearby Norton Road and flagged down a taxi to ask for help after Anthony had been hit with a metal pole.

The cab passenger said he told the stranger to get in, "but he wouldn't leave his friend".

Shane then returned to the scene and was attacked again. He died in hospital on July 29 without regaining consciousness.

At yesterday's ceremony, Shane's girlfriend Vix Cooper said: "He completed an act of extreme bravery to save his best friend's life, and given the chance I know he would do it all over again for anyone.

"I felt Shane was going to be remembered as the lad who was murdered in Norton and didn't want him to just be a statistic. This is a much nicer way of remembering him."

The honour is only given to a handful of people each year. Its aim is to recognise civilian heroism.

Shane's actions in remaining at the scene of the unprovoked attack in June 2015 and his attempts to prevent further injury to his friend fulfilled Hero Fund criteria.

David Walker, the Carnegie Hero Fund Trust UK chairman, said: "The trustees only recognise a small number of cases in each year, and sadly in this case, the ultimate sacrifice of the loss of life itself.

"I am very privileged to honour Shane on behalf of the trustees of the Carnegie Hero Fund and to see his name added to the historic Roll of Honour. …

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