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Letcher County resident Victor Gainer (center) was honored last week by the Kentucky State Legislature on the House and Senate floors for saving the life of Perry County District Judge Leigh Ann Stephens. Judge Stephens was eating lunch at a restaurant in Hazard in summer 2010 when a man stabbed her, prompting Gainer, a Student Engagement Advisor at Hazard Community and Technical College, to jump to her rescue, throwing the man through a window. Shown above, from left, are Bruce Stephens (the judge’s father); HCTC President Dr. Steve Greiner, Gainer, Judge Stephens, and State Representative Fitz Steele. Gainer said receiving the honor made him feel like he was “on a cloud.” “It was unreal because of where I came from. I feel like I have really done something with my life,” Gainer said. Gainer works to keep students enrolled in school and makes public appearances about the value of a good education.

Letcher County resident Victor Gainer (center) was honored last week by the Kentucky State Legislature on the House and Senate floors for saving the life of Perry County District Judge Leigh Ann Stephens. Judge Stephens was eating lunch at a restaurant in Hazard in summer 2010 when a man stabbed her, prompting Gainer, a Student Engagement Advisor at Hazard Community and Technical College, to jump to her rescue, throwing the man through a window. Shown above, from left, are Bruce Stephens (the judge’s father); HCTC President Dr. Steve Greiner, Gainer, Judge Stephens, and State Representative Fitz Steele. Gainer said receiving the honor made him feel like he was “on a cloud.” “It was unreal because of where I came from. I feel like I have really done something with my life,” Gainer said. Gainer works to keep students enrolled in school and makes public appearances about the value of a good education.

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