A 35-year-old St. Paul man is being honored by a group of Americans previously honored for selflessness and courage.
Montel Mixon, who last summer saved a woman from an apartment fire set by her enraged boyfriend, is one of three recipients of the Citizen Service Before Self Honor, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation announced Monday.
The other recipients are James McCormick, of New Haven, W.Va., who has helped hundreds of homeless veterans find jobs and housing through his nonprofit, and Brandon Wemhoff, of Lincoln, Neb., who risked his life while foiling a robbery.
The recipients will be honored at a ceremony on March 23 in conjunction with National Medal of Honor Day on March 25. They each will receive a medal and a certificate during the festivities near the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery.
The honorees are chosen by the fewer than 85 living Medal of Honor recipients who make up the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
On Aug. 16, Mixon kicked down two doors inside a burning East Side apartment building and rescued Ebony Jones, 37, from behind a locked bathroom door. Her boyfriend, Louis Ambrose, had set the fire and tried to set Jones on fire as well.
Mixon wrestled with Ambrose and threw him down some stairs to get to Jones. He also alerted others in the four-plex to the blaze.
Jayvion Jones, Ebony Jones' 10-year-old son, also confronted Ambrose, and for his heroics he received the Chief's Award for Merit from the St. Paul Police Department.
Ambrose, 48, was sentenced in December to 14 years in prison.