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Kerrang! Readers Poll 2010 names its Hero Of The Year

Kerrang! Readers Poll 2010 names the winner of its Hero Of The Year category.

Music fans voted Matthew Leone, of popular rock band Madina Lake, their Hero Of The Year after his act of bravery earlier this year.

Leone was viciously assaulted in June, 2010, after intervening in a serious domestic dispute that he came across in his home state of Chicago. His attempt to help left him in a coma and fighting for his life and Leone said to Kerrang! readers about winning the award:

“Regardless, to hear your words and to snatch your killer vibrations is inspiring and profoundly appreciated. The pathetic act of a man beating a woman is the ultimate cowardice. If you're a victim, don't tolerate it. You're better than that. Thanks for the nod and, I must admit, being recognised for getting my ass kicked is kind of enjoyable!”

Watch the band's video for 'Let's Get Outta here' now: