Enid Man Receives Carnegie Medal For Heroism


Wednesday, March 26th 2014, 5:38 pm
By: Richard Clark


An Enid man is one of 22 people who received a Carnegie Medal for heroism on Wednesday.

The medal is given to individuals in Canada and the United States who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others. Recipients are also eligible for scholarship aid and other benefits from a private fund.

Michael Cade, 39, was visiting a barbershop in Houston, Texas on May 17, 2013 when he heard a woman screaming for help and saw a man forcing her into a pickup at gunpoint.

Cade went outside and confronted the man. According to the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, Cade struggled with the man for control of the gun and the man fired at Cade twice. As the woman ran away, barber Henry McHenry came to Cade's aid. He got the man in a chokehold while Cade got the gun away. McHenry held the man there until police arrived.

McHenry also received a Carnegie Medal today.  

McHenry and the woman received minor injuries. Cade was treated for gunshot wounds, fractures and cuts.

Read the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission's description of Cade's heroic act.

The Public Affairs Department at Vance Air Force Base says Cade is a Federal Police Officer who's worked at the base in Enid since November 18, 2013.

"It's not about me. Jesus Christ used me as a vessel. There is no possible human way that I healed besides the power of Jesus Christ. He is the only answer for the world's problems," Cade said.

Cade is currently in Arkansas for training, but before that was an assistant program manager with SWAT, Students Working Against Tobacco in Garfield County.

He served on active duty in the Air Force for five and a half years and in the Air Force Reserve for eight years. He's now in the Navy Reserve as a Petty Officer 2nd Class.

The Carnegie Hero Fund was established in Pittsburgh by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1904. It has honored 9,675 people and provided $36 million in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits and continuing assistance.