Secretary of Education Matt Malone and Senate Court Officer Regina Skinner were coincidentally driving along Columbia Road in Dorchester at the same time on an August night when they both stopped a domestic assault.
Malone was leaving a meeting when he saw a woman being assaulted by a man. He jumped out of his car to stop the domestic assault, and a moment later heard the familiar voice of Skinner saying, “Secretary, I have your back. I’m right here.”
Skinner was driving by on her way to Home Depot with two of her grandchildren when she saw the assault, and then recognized Malone.
The secretary had his hands in a fist, attempting to stop the taller man from hurting the woman, Skinner told the News Service. Using an authoritative voice, she told the man to step back and get up against the wall, she said. “He did not move, believe it or not,” Skinner said.
Police arrived and arrested the man.
Malone sent a letter to the Senate president describing Skinner as heroic. “Although she had her family in her car, and at great risk to her own safety, she got out of her car, confronted the perpetrator and protected me,” Malone wrote to Senate President Therese Murray.
Skinner was recognized Thursday with a Senate citation.