Father Joe among finalist for national service award
SAN DIEGO — Three San Diegans, including Father Joe Carroll, were nominated Monday as finalists for 2013 Citizen Service Before Self Honors.
Nominees for the awards, which will be announced next month, must have made a difference in the lives of others through a singular act of extraordinary heroism, or through their continued commitment to putting others first.
The three winners are selected by members of the National Medal of Honor Society.
Carroll, the now-retired advocate for the homeless, was nominated for opening Father Joe’s Villages, a transitional housing program that has offered healthcare, job training, counseling, food and supplies for nearly 30 years.
San Diegans Robert Louis Haley and Joseph Mejia were nominated for coming to the aid of a female San Diego police officer who was assaulted by a knife-wielding man nearly two years ago.
The officer, Kelly Doherty, suffered slash wounds in the attack, while Haley and Mejia received cuts. The assailant, Michael Anthony Gonzales, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was sentenced to 25 years in state prison.