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Conyers honors civilian heroes
The Conyers City Council honored Wangombe Wright, center, and Kenya Sloan, right, for coming to the aid of a grandmother and her grandchild outside the Hobby Lobby on March 21. The council declared April 19 as "Citizen Hero Day." - photo by Submitted Photo

Two Good Samaritans who assisted in preventing a kidnapping attempt in Conyers last month were honored by the Conyers City Council Wednesday night when the City proclaimed April 19 "Citizen Hero Day" in recognition of their courageous efforts.

The Council presented proclamations to Wangombe Wright and Kenya Sloan in appreciation of their heroic acts when they came the rescue of a woman and her infant grandchild in the parking lot of Hobby Lobby on March 21.

Both Wright and Sloan responded to the 62-year-old woman's screams when the suspect jumped in her parked car wielding a knife in broad daylight. According to police reports, Sloan ran to the car and knocked the knife out of the suspect's hands. After the suspect fled and drove from the scene, Wright followed in his car and called 911 to guide police to the location where the suspect was quickly apprehended.

Conyers Mayor Randy Mills presented the plaques and thanked Wright and Sloan for diffusing the life-threatening situation.

"What you did was incredible and we coined you 'The Good Samaritans' for engaging in the right thing to do," he said. Each of the council members also thanked Wright and Sloan for setting a good example of how everyone should react in an emergency situation.

Council also adopted an ordinance creating a Village Design District to provide new zoning regulations aimed at "advancing the economic and quality of life interests in Conyers." 

According to the ordinance, the district will eventually replace the current Mixed-use Development district and will place equal emphasis on land use, architecture, landscaping, parking and signs along Highway 138 from the Millers Chappell commercial development to the intersection of Interstate 20.