Castro Valley Woman IS Honored With National Award FOR Heroism | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 28 December 2012 16:44



By Robert Souza

Ione Kleven lives near Castro Valley High School, so she’s used to loud voices, laughter and the boom-thump of car stereos. The noises she heard during an evening nearly two years ago, however, were not at all normal for the neighborhood.


“The sound was something very different,” said Kleven, a 67-year old portrait artist. She went out to check on what she thought was a fight between two men.


It was, in fact, three men savagely beating a 14-year-old boy with some kind of weapon that looked like a tool.


Operating on what she described as “instinct,” Kleven intervened, screaming in the faces of the attackers and pulling the victim away to safety.


Last Wednesday, Kleven and 18 other individuals received medals and grants from the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission who recognize “those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.”


Some on those on the list were honored posthumously for their bravery in offering assistance to others in extreme situations.


“It is an honor for something that was not what you would call a ‘thinking situation.’ It was a situation I could not have turned my back on,” said Klevin who told the Forum she still keeps in touch with the victim who continues to recover from stab wounds to his back and stomach.




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