Hero Doorman Honored For Saving Woman From Attacker

Gold Coast doorman disrupted attempted sexual assault

By Marcus Riley
|  Friday, Jul 12, 2013  |  Updated 4:00 PM CDT
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Cornell Wrightington received city proclamation after saving woman from attack in alley.

Cornell Wrightington received city proclamation after saving woman from attack in alley.

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Cornell Wrightington says he's not a hero -- he's just a doorman.

But many people would disagree, especially the Chicago City Council, which honored him with a resolution Friday for his part in scaring off an attacker who was trying to sexually assault a woman in an alley outside the building where he works at 30 W. Oak St.

Wrightington was working in the early morning hours of June 23 when he noticed a man follow a woman into the alley, and when he went to investigate, he discovered the assault in progress.

Wrightington managed to scare off the attacker.

But he says he feels lucky to be in the right place at the right time, because two minutes beforehand, he was warming up his coffee.

"I'm just thankful that I was able to be there, and was able to get her out of the alley," Wrightington said.

The resolution was presented to Wrightington by Ald. Ed Burke and Ald. Brendan Reilly.

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