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MPD recognizes officers and citizens for brave actions

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MADISON (WKOW) -- It was a night full of applause and recognition as the Madison Police Department honored those who have acted courageously and have saved lives. 

The awards ceremony was held at Monona Terrace on Tuesday night. 

Dozens of officers and citizens received lifesaving awards, citizen recognition awards and outstanding support awards. 

Domonique Wilson was one of those who received a citizen recognition award for his brave actions after he fought off a gas station robber. 

Police say Wilson was working at a PDQ gas station, that has since changed to a Kwik Trip, on the 7500 block of Mineral Point Road. The attempted robbery happened in November of 2017. 

Wilson was hit over the head with a small propane tank by a man who Wilson thought was a customer. 

"When I saw the canister, he picked it up like, 'just give me your money.' He was between me and the exit you know and I'm a bigger dude so I couldn't hop over the counter. So, the only way up out there was through him," said Wilson. 

He struggled with the robber as the man fought back. 

"He hit me hard. I knew if I let him hit me in the head, he almost knocked me out. I wasn't going to let him knock me out," said Wilson. 

Police arrived and arrested a bruised Jason Nelson. He pleaded guilty to a robbery charge and was sentenced to two years in prison and two years of extended supervision. 

Wilson was just glad the attack happened on his shift. 

"If he was an hour later, it would've been a girl he was hitting in the head. All our overnight staff at that PDQ is two younger women," said Wilson. 

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