A passerby who intervened in a fight between two teens has been honored for going the extra mile.
Ibn Ali Miller, 26, was filmed approaching a group of youngsters in New Jersey and encouraging the two boys to talk through their problems, rather than raising their fists.
“Why y’all fighting in the middle of the street?” he asked them. He refused to leave until the pair agreed to shake hands.
The video was shared to Facebook, where it was viewed more than 33 million times, and Miller was hailed a hero for stepping in and helping to resolve the situation.
Even basketball superstar LeBron James commended him, writing on Twitter: “Salute the homie who stepped in and spoke real to our young generation.”
On Thursday, Miller was honored by the City Council in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The two teenagers were also in attendance.
He used his moment in the spotlight to thank the person who was most important to him: His mother.
"People get 15 minutes of fame a lot, and I would like to use every second of the 15 minutes to send gratitude to my mother," he said. She stood beside him and gently wiped away his tears.
The teenagers also thanked Miller for stepping in.
"A couple days ago, I was thinking it was cool to fight in front of my friends," one said. "But it really doesn't mean nothing at all, so I want to say thank you again."