WASHNGTON (WUSA) -- On a typical night at Nationals Park, Andre Hawthorne would be showing people to their seats in section 116. On Tuesday night, he was in the Nationals dugout and then on the field, where he was honored by the Nationals organization .
It was about 10 days ago when Hawthorne saw several kids in his Northeast Washington neighborhood being attacked by two large, vicious dogs and, with no apparent regard for his own safety, jumped in to help: stabbing one of the dogs with a knife he grabbed from his kitchen while another man fended off the other dog with a baseball bat.
"Automatically, I said I got to sacrifice myself," Hawthorne said.
For his courage, Hawthorne received a number of serious wounds on his left arm, and Tuesday, before the Nationals game against the Diamondbacks, he received a personalized jersey signed by the team. He also received the gratitude of the entire city, as expressed by DC Mayor Vincent Gray, who declared the day Andre Hawthorne Day in Washington.
A Washington native, Andre has been an usher at Nats Park ever since the stadium opened in 2008. On Tuesday, he was often described as a hero, though Andre said he simply did what came naturally.
"I'm no hero, it was just something I had to do," Andre insisted.