Sen. Bill Cassidy honors woman who saved BRPD officer

Senator Bill Cassidy (left) and Vickie Williams-Tillman (right) (Source: WAFB)
Senator Bill Cassidy (left) and Vickie Williams-Tillman (right) (Source: WAFB)
Officer Billy Aime (left), Vickie Williams-Tillman (upper right), and Senator Bill Cassidy (center) (Source: WAFB)
Officer Billy Aime (left), Vickie Williams-Tillman (upper right), and Senator Bill Cassidy (center) (Source: WAFB)
Vickie Williams-Tillman (Source: Baton Rouge Police Department)
Vickie Williams-Tillman (Source: Baton Rouge Police Department)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) honored a school cafeteria worker who saved a BRPD officer in 2017 during a visit to Baton Rouge on May 1.

Vickie Williams-Tillman was driving in the 8400 block of Harry Drive on the morning of February 19, 2017, when she spotted a suspect hitting Baton Rouge Police Officer Billy Aime in the head with Aime's own baton.

Tillman pulled her car over, called 911 to get assistance for the officer, and then jumped on the back of the suspect, Thomas Bennett. She was able to prevent Bennett from grabbing Aime's police department-issued gun. She also kept Bennet from further attacking Aime until more Baton Rouge Police officers arrived on scene.

Tillman was named the 10,000th Carnegie Hero by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission on March 26. She will be honored presented the Carnegie Medal at a gala in Pittsburgh in June.

The Carnegie Medal is given throughout the United States and Canada to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.

Senator Cassidy honored Tillman and Officer Aime during a meeting at the senator's Baton Rouge office at on May 1.

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