Atlanta Loses Its Olympic Hero

The Olympic Security Guard scapegoated by the City of Atlanta in the wake of the 1996 Olympic Bombing has died. Richard Jewell was found by his wife in their Woodbury home at 10:30am. He was 44 and had been suffering from complications secondary to diabetes.

About a year ago, Gov. Sonny Perdue gave Jewell a long overdue commendation from the State for his heroic actions that saved scores from certain injury...and possible death.

A choked up Jewell said at the ceremony in his honor, "I never sought to be a hero...I wish I could have done more."

Due to Jewell's decisiveness, the area surrounding the crowded Olympic concert stage was evacuated. The only casualty out of the thousands celebrating that evening was Mrs. Alice Hawthorne.

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