September 14th 2017 BOSTON – Representative David K. Muradian, Jr. (R-Grafton) recently participated in the presentation of the Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery on the sixteenth anniversary of September 11th.
To select a recipient for this award, the Grafton Republic joined his fellow legislators, public officials and representatives from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security on the Madeline Amy Sweeney Award Committee earlier this summer. Together, they worked to select an individual who has displayed extraordinary courage and heroism without regard for personal safety, in an effort to save the life of another.
Jaydon Dancy, the recipient of the Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery, was honored for his courage in rescuing a man who had fallen out of his kayak and into the ocean last summer.
On August 19, 2016 the ten year old was playing on a waterfront area when a kayaker, thirty feet offshore, overturned and fell into the water. Jaydon and an older female both called out to the man but he did not respond. Jaydon then entered the water with the woman and he made his way to the man who was now unconscious. Together, he and the woman were able to grab a hold of the man and pull him to the shore. Jaydon was so humble about his bravery and his family and community were incredibly proud of him. Tragically, Jaydon was accidentally killed on June 9, 2017 when he crossed an active commuter rail line to retrieve his bicycle.
“The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is home to many selfless and courageous individuals,” said Representative Muradian. “Jaydon Dancy demonstrated a tremendous amount of bravery during this frightening incident which, in my mind, makes him highly deserving of this honorary award. I am grateful to have taken part in this decision while serving on the Madeline Amy Sweeney Award Committee and will forever remember the experience. ”
The Madeline Amy Sweeney Award was created in 2002 in recognition of Amy Sweeney, a resident of Acton and flight attendant on the September 11th American Airline Flight 11. Ms. Sweeney was credited with discretely contacting authorities in Boston to convey important information about the hijackers and their actions on the plane. It is because of Amy Sweeney’s heroism, and the heroism of so many victims of September 11, 2001, that this award was created.