Topeka man receives Champion of Character award

TOPEKA (KSNT) – A Topeka man who was shot last summer while protecting a woman at a gas station received an award on Monday.

Safe Streets Coalition and Topeka City of Character held a press conference noon Wednesday at the Great Overland Station to announce the recipient of the Champion of Character award for demonstrating character that significantly improves the health, safety and quality of life in the community.

Sgt. Robert Simmons of the Topeka Police Department nominated Bryon Snyder for his efforts in protecting a victim of a domestic disturbance from her attacker at a BP station at 1401 SW Huntoon on June 30, 2014.

“I thought that what Bryon did was absolutely amazing,” Simmons said.

The woman ran into the BP station to escape her attacker, Daniel Cregut, who was armed with a gun. Snyder held the door shut to prevent the alleged gunman from entering, and the suspect shot him through the glass door. According to Sgt Simmons, the suspect shot him a second time when he refused to tell him where the woman was hiding.

“Typically what you see in high stressful situation is a fight or flight response and he decided to not run away, he decided to stick up for that person,” Simmons.

Cregut left with the woman unharmed. The gunshots injured Snyder’s heart, a lung, liver and hand. Snyder survived the attack.

Sgt. Simmons nominated Snyder for the award recognizing his boldness, decisiveness, dependability, determination, endurance, generosity, gentleness, initiative, justice, and sincerity. Simmons stated in his nomination, “Mr. Snyder is a hero!”

Cregut faces 14 felony and two misdemeanor counts including four counts of attempted first degree murder. Cregut is scheduled to stand trial in April on 17 felony charges.

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