FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The Fresno man who risked his life to save a couple of Starbucks baristas was honored at City Hall on Thursday for his heroism.
Cregg Jerri became an overnight star after the video of him turning the tables on a masked man inside Starbucks went viral.
And on Thursday that spotlight was back on the business executive.
Mayor Lee Brand presented Cregg Jerri with the prestigious Carnegie Hero Fund Medal - an award that's given to only a handful of brave individuals across the US and Canada each year.
"I had no idea it would go viral like people told me. I had no idea the impact it would have. Obviously I just did what I had to do and it went everywhere," Jerri says.
In the Summer of 2017, Jerri was minding his own business at a northwest Fresno Starbucks when an armed man wearing a Transformers mask attempted to rob the coffee house.
Dressed in a T-shirt and flip flops, Jerri sprang into action, picked up a chair and hit the crook over the head with it.
The two men brawled, then wrestled on the ground for a couple of minutes until police arrived.
"My first thought was I got to get out of here - this is a robbery. But my second nature took over."
Jerri admits he forgot about his own safety when he saw the masked man approach the Starbucks baristas with a gun and knife.
"It's a credit to mankind. Its a credit to the city of Fresno...an ordinary person like you or me being in a situation like this to make an instantaneously decision to save somebody's life to risk your own life in doing that," said Mayor Lee Brand.
During the tussle Jerri took a knife to the neck and says he needed six staples to close the stab wound but he's doing just fine now.
Fresno man who fought off masked robber at Starbucks honored at City Hall