Out of Mount Vernon, Ohio we have yet another amazing case of a concealed carry citizen going above and beyond what was expected of him.
Last year, Dylan Deboard was bearing witness to a police officer, Cpl Michael Wheeler, attempting to remove a man who was sleeping on a woman’s porch without permission. Little did Cpl. Wheeler know, when he was trying to move the man, but the sleeping trespasser was currently strung out on methamphetamines. So when Wheeler confronted the drug addict, the meth addict sprang up and attacked Wheeler, pinning him to the ground, grabbing at his belt in an attempt to get the officer’s gun. Not only that, but during the struggle Wheeler’s, shoulder microphone was ripped off and he was unable to call for backup.
That was when Mr. Deboard came into play. During the officer’s struggle, Cpl. Wheeler looked up and saw Dylan DeBoard, who had produced his handgun, while announcing to the officer and the assailant that he had a concealed carry permit and was pointing his weapon at the assailant. While the homeless man was distracted by Mr. Deboard’s firearm, Cpl. Wheeler was able to get out from under him and handcuff him. “I’ve never been in that situation before,” the 14-year police department veteran told Inside Edition. “I’ve always been able to take control of a situation.”
But this happened to be the one time that the officer needed a helping hand, and with Mr. Deboard there, a potentially life threatening situation was avoided and Cpl. Wheeler got to go home to his family that night. “I wish a lot more of society would do what he did,” Wheeler said, referring to Dylan and the incident. “There were people standing around, but they were just watching. I kept wondering why people didn’t do anything.”
Last week, Dylan Deboard was officially thanked for his heroic act, by receiving Mount Vernon’s Citizen’s Award of Valor for his actions in perhaps saving the officer’s life. Dylan was honored to receive the award, and even more honored for a new friend that he made in Cpl. Wheeler who still comes to Dylan’s house to talk with and thank the man who saved him. “Every time I see him I let him know how much I appreciate what he did.”