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Man honored for foiling tanning salon robbery

December 19, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
An Illinois Good Samaritan was honored this weekend for his quick thinking. Surveillance cameras in Rolling Meadows caught Jason McDaniel as he walked in on an armed robbery at a tanning salon. McDaniel saw the female employee tied up and the suspect with a gun.

He made a split-second decision to act, taking the weapon from the gunman and opening fire.

"I'm grateful," McDaniel said. "I'm glad I walked through those doors to help."

The suspect was killed and his gun was linked to another deadly shooting in the state.

McDaniel was awarded $5,000.

He and his wife will also receive free tanning for life.

"He risked his life," said LA Tan's CEO Nick Patel. "He's truly a hero."