Blaine Hodge and McCarthy

Blaine Hodge stands next to Kevin McCarthy while wearing his Citizen Honors Award.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy presented Blaine Hodge with the 2019 Citizens Honors Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society on Tuesday.

In September 2018, Hodge saved a woman being chased by a man wielding an 18-inch machete in a Starbucks in Bakersfield.

“Fight or flight, we all question what we would do in a frightening situation, but we all wouldn’t wonder what Blaine would do,” McCarthy said in a news release. “He acted swiftly and bravely, two qualities that no doubt helped to save the survivor and all those in the immediate area that day.”

McCarthy also directed a flag to be flown over the U.S. Capitol in Hodge’s honor.

“I hope that we never find ourselves in a similar circumstance, but if we do, may we all fight as valiantly as Blaine Hodge, a true hero,” McCarthy said.

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