Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Two men who selflessly stepped into one of the more horrifying crimes in the Central New York community were honored on Monday.
Bill Cregg and John Harke were recognized with a top state honor for their heroism on Monday for their action on the night David Renz attacked and killed Lori Bresnahan and raped a young girl.
"There's not a night that goes by that I don't close my eyes and see Lori as I go to bed, so as you saw earlier how John reacted, it’s something very awful. What John and I saw that night most people will never understand," said Bill Cregg.
Cregg and Harke were honored with the State Senate's Liberty Award.
The two men were driving separately when they noticed an injured 10-year-old girl running on a dark road.
They stopped to help her and Liverpool librarian Lori Bresnahan, who they learned had just been brutally attacked by David Renz.
"It’s not so much about John and I receiving an award, but doing the right thing,” Cregg said. “I think if we all try to do the right thing for our community we'll have a better place to live."
“They could have easily continued driving along the road - but they didn't - they stopped and they went back," said State Senator Dave Valesky.
"It may show an example for others who might hesitate if they'd not seen the bravery of these two gentlemen," said State Senator John DeFrancisco.
Renz was caught just a couple miles from the crime scene.
He's facing life in prison without the possibility of parole when he's sentenced in November.