SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - One of San Diego's most well-known citizens received a national honor Monday. Father Joe Carroll is one of four people to receive the Citizen Service Before Self Award.
Father Joe Carroll has received a lifetime of accolades but Monday's may very well be one of his biggest yet. Joined by three other honorees, Father Joe was chosen from a pool of 23 finalists nationwide for the award.
The awards were given to those unsung citizen heroes who have saved lives in "extraordinary circumstances."
For more than 60 years Father Joe's Villages and partner agency St. Vincent de Paul Village have provided millions of meals, housing and care to San Diego's homeless community. His mission has always been to end homelessness, one life at a time.
Father Joe received his award from Medal of Honor recipients. They were the ones to decide who among hundreds of nominees should be honored for their work.
The other recipients included a 15-year-old boy who saved his neighbor from a fire, and a father and son team who rescued people during Hurricane Isaac.
The award ceremony commemorated Medal of Honor Day. Monday marks the 150th anniversary of the medal's first presentation.
Father Joe is now retired, but he continues to advocate for the homeless here in San Diego.