Cortland Police are praising 24-year-old U.S. Marine Sgt. Jake Garrett, who fended off 27-year-old Matthew Sky Hewitt on Thursday night (August 29) as he was stabbing 23-year Jonathon Jeffrey.
Garrett then delivered emergency first aid to Jeffrey until emergency crews arrived.
Police say Hewitt and Jeffrey are local residents who are acquainted with one another.
They had been together with a group of people the entire night at a South Avenue residence, prior to a dispute that turned physical and ultimately led to the stabbing near 99 Main Street.
Sgt. Garrett was working late at the Armed Forces Career Center on Main Street around 10 p.m., when he heard the fight and stepped outside to intervene, getting cut on the leg himself.
He was treated and released from Guthrie Cortland Medical Center. Jeffrey was sent to Upstate to be treated for serious wounds to his chest, arms and abdomen.
Hewitt’s been charged with three felonies and is set to appear in city court tomorrow (September 4).