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Hero skateboarder rewarded after foiling robbery

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PADUCAH -- Police and employees of Regions Bank recognized a man for bravery after his ingenious intervention to stop a violent robbery attempt in the bank's parking lot.

Jason Sesock loves to skateboard, and doing what he loves helped him save a woman from attack.

On June 30, just after 10:30 p.m., 26-year old Sesock had turned back to his parents house from a skate park in Paducah and saw a man pop out of the bushes in front of Regions bank on Broadway.

The man, holding a piece of rebar, ran at a woman making a night deposit outside the branch.

Sesock says the man swung at the woman, so he sprung into action.

"There wasn't much time to think about the situation once that recognition occurred so I just acted," he said.

Sesock ran in, and hit the man with his skateboard, before chasing him off.

On Friday morning, Regions Bank presented Sesock with a $500 check and a custom-made skateboard, to reward his bravery.

Branch manager Jo Anna Brown wanted to find a special way to reward Sesock, and noticed his old, worn skateboard.

"You could tell it was definitely used and what a great way for us to be able to give him something he would be able to use," she said.

Sesock says he's just happy he could assist.

"It was just act and help," He said. "Help was pretty much the last thought I had until it was over."

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