- Associated Press - Friday, November 27, 2015

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A new award to be given out annually by Wilmington city officials will honor the legacy of a member of the community who was killed while trying to protect a woman and her child from a man wielding a knife.

Wilmington Mayor Dennis P. Williams signed an executive order Wednesday creating the Thomas L. Cottingham Good Samaritan Award. The first awardee will be named in October 2016.

Williams said in a statement that Cottingham should continue to be recognized for his courage in helping two strangers.

The 27-year-old was killed after authorities say he was repeatedly stabbed near Rodney Square upon stepping between a man with a knife and the young mother in September.

Twenty-five-year-old Calvin Hooker III of Elsmere is facing a first-degree murder charge in connection with the slaying.

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