“I firmly believe that that morning I was put there, as Col. Mills said before, by God,” Thomas Yoxall declared as he was honored by Gov. Doug Ducey (R-AZ) on Monday at the state capitol.
On Jan. 12, Yoxall saved the life of Arizona Public Safety Trooper Edward Andersson, who cried out for help as he was being brutally attacked along Interstate 10 near Tonopah.
Yoxall called for the attacker to stop and, when he didn’t, Yoxall used his legally-owned firearm to save Andersson by fatally wounding the assailant.
On Monday, Gov. Ducey met with Yoxall to honor him with a commendation for his “unbelievable bravery.”
“I don’t consider myself a hero,” Yoxall said.
“In all honesty, the heroes that day were the first responders who offered aid and comfort to Trooper Andersson, all members of law enforcement that were there on the scene assisting, and on a daily basis, those are the heroes and they always will be.”
“That morning, I never would have dreamt that I was going to save somebody’s life, let alone take the life of another individual. It is something that will stick with me.”
Watch Yoxall’s powerful, heartfelt remarks at the ceremony below.