Six months after he found himself suddenly on the scene of Central New York's most horrific crimes in recent memory, Bill Cregg will be honored with a civilian honor from New York State. State Senator John DeFrancisco will present Cregg with The New York State Senate's Liberty Award in September.
The award, which was created in 2000, is presented to civilians who have demonstrated exceptional, heroic or humanitarian acts on behalf of their fellow New Yorkers, according to a spokesperson. A Senator can choose a person in his/her district to recognize based on that criteria.
Back in March, Cregg was driving on Verplank Road in Clay when he wound up first on the scene of the murder of Liverpool Librarian Lori Bresnahan and the rape of a 10 year old girl. Cregg took control of the situation before police arrived, made sure the child was safe, and held Bresnahan as she died. The man who stabbed Bresnahan to death and raped the child pleaded guilty and is serving life in prison.
Here is a look at some of the other people who have received The New York State Senate Liberty Award:
In February: Downstate hospital staff who worked to keep the power on during Super Storm Sandy.
In 2012: A Long Island girl who saved her brother from choking.
In 2008: A CNY business owner for rennovating the home of a man with Lou Gehrig's disease.