A Marine Corps veteran who saved a woman who jumped from the third deck of the Oakland Coliseum after a Raiders game last year will be honored at a special ceremony Friday.

Donnie Navidad, 61, a civil employee and Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam and the reserves for 15 years, was with a coworker at the game on Nov. 24, 2013.

A Raider season ticket holder and Stockton native, Navidad was watching the torch honoring late Raiders owner Al Davis following the game when he saw a woman perched from the third deck and heard his co-worker say that she was ready to jump.

Without hesitation, Navidad broke the woman's fall with the left side of his body.

The woman, a 20-year-old San Jose resident, suffered life-threatening injuries but ultimately survived.

"Donnie Navidad was already a brave hero who served our country courageously for many years," Oakland-Alamda County Coliseum Authority chairman and Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley said in a statement.

"But his quick reaction to save a woman's life at the Coliseum truly touched our community at home, right here in Oakland. In the midst of families and friends leaving the Raiders game, Donnie Navidad made sure that a shocking incident did not become a tragedy."

Navidad was treated at an Oakland hospital following the incident for injuries suffered from the woman bouncing off his body.

Friday's ceremony will take place at 8:30 a.m. at the Oracle Arena Conference Room, located at 7000 Coliseum Way in Oakland.



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