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Man Who Died Protecting Woman During Rampage Given 9/11 Award

The Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery was given posthumously to George Heath

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    George Heath died protecting Sheenah Savoy during the stabbing rampage.

    A high school teacher fatally stabbed trying to protect a waitress has been honored with a bravery award named for a flight attendant who was aboard one of the two planes hijacked from Boston's Logan International Airport and flown into the World Trade Center's twin towers in 2001. 

    The Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery was given posthumously to George Heath on Sunday, the 15th anniversary of the attacks. 

    Heath, a visual arts teacher at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical School, was dining with his wife at the Silver City Galleria in Taunton on May 10 when he came to the aid of the pregnant waitress who was being threatened by a knife-wielding man. 

    Sweeney was credited with discreetly contacting authorities and providing the first key information about the hijackers.

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