Citizen Honors Awardee
2012|Citizen Service Above Self Award|Lincoln, NE
Brendon Wemhoff of Lincoln, NE for heroically risking his own life in an attempt to protect the people around him by foiling a robbery.
After noticing a man walking into the pharmacy wearing a ski mask and carrying a handgun, Wemhoff immediately alerted the other customers as to what was occurring. He then started to throw items at the man in an attempt to distract him. When the robber got to the pharmacy, he turned toward Wemhoff, flashed a knife and threatened to cut him. Wemhoff grabbed the assailant and managed to twist the knife out of his hand. He then knocked the gun away and took the man down, pinning him to the ground. Even though the robber struggled and resisted, Wemhoff was able to hold him down until the police arrived. Brandon Wemhoff’s act of extraordinary heroism and bravery continues to be an inspiration and a credit to the state of Nebraska and to his fellow Americans.