Boxer Rudell Stitch memorialized

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Posted on June 5, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 5 at 11:35 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Another hometown hero has been displayed in the form of a building mural.

This time, boxer Rudell Stitch was honored and his mural was posted on the parking garage along Fifth Street next to the Cathedral of the Assumption.

Stitch was awarded two Carnegie Hero Award Medals before he died at the age of 27 back in 1960.

His first award came in 1958 after he rescued Joseph Shifcar from the Ohio River at McAlpine Locks and Dam.

Two years later, Stitch tried to save a friend who fell into the water at the same site. Stitch and his friend drowned.

Stitch won 45 amateur boxing matches in his career and won Kentucky state titles in 1651, '52, '55, and '56.

For Stitch's oldest son, this honor was a long time in the making.
 

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