By Cameron Glenn

NORTH HIGHLANDS (CBS13) – A North Highlands senior who was killed while walking at a local high school track has been awarded the Carnegie Medal for giving her life to save her friend from an attacker.

Fusako M. Petrus, 86, and her friend were walking at a North Highlands High School track on April 26, 2017, when the two were allegedly attacked by 18-year-old Neven Glen Butler. He is accused of sexually assaulting the friend and trying to rape Petrus, who was defending her friend, when Butler allegedly beat her to death.

Petrus had walked with friends six days a week for nearly 50 years. She is the oldest person ever to be awarded the Carnegie Medal.

The Carnegie Medal is given throughout the U.S. and Canada to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others

  1. Brian Shukun says:

    According to the Rafu newspaper article ( after Petrus threatened the assailant with a big stick the assailant shifted his attention to Petrus, beating her to death, while the 61-year-old woman fled the scene to get help.

    Petrus was a true friend. The 61 y.o. woman was an acquaintance. She fled the scene to get help? Both women taking turns kicking the assailant and beating him with the stick could had fended off the attacker.

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