On Sept. 29, Joey Azzone was doing paperwork during a normal day at the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) office in Byram when he heard distressed yelling coming from the parking lot.
The screaming came from a woman who was leaving Curves in Byram. As she was getting into her car, a man approached her and struck her in the head with a handgun and tried to pull her into another vehicle.
Azzone rushed to the woman’s aid, but the attempted kidnapper sped away in another vehicle. Azzone followed the vehicle, but was unable to catch them and returned to the scene.
“I didn’t do anything any other MDOT employee would have done,” said Azzone, a technician who has been with MDOT for three years. He and his wife Carol, also an employee of MDOT, live in Richland.
On Oct. 13, Azzone was recognized by the Mississippi Transportation Commission in Jackson with a Commission Commendation for his service to both MDOT and the people of Mississippi.
“We commend the heroic actions of this employee for going above and beyond that which is required,” comissioners Dick Hall, Tom King and Mike Tagert said in a joint statement.