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High school football coach who disarmed, then hugged student awarded the citizen’s Congressional Medal of Honor


Keanon Lowe, the football coach and security guard who disarmed a distraught student at Parkrose High School last year, was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation announced last week.

Lowe, a former star wide receiver for the Oregon Ducks, intercepted Angel Granados-Diaz when the then-Parkrose senior arrived on campus with a shotgun May 17. Lowe was named one of Time Magazine’s heroes of the year months later.

And on March 25 of this year, he was also awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor’s citizens’ distinction for a single act of heroism.

Lowe was widely hailed as a hero in the days after he disarmed Granados-Diaz — later footage showed the former Oregon football standout hugged the Parkrose student, comforting him until police arrived.

Lowe was interviewed on NBC’s “Today” show and accepted the Portland Police Bureau’s highest civilian honor, the civilian medal of heroism.

ESPN also aired a seven-minute special on Lowe in late November.

Earlier this year, Lowe left Parkrose to be head football coach at West Linn High School. Granados-Diaz was sentenced to three years probation and a Multnomah County judge also required him to seek mental health treatment.

–Eder Campuzano | 503-221-4344 | @edercampuzano

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