Stephen Strasburg is off to a sensational start and Bryce Harper made a big splash in his MLB debut, but the biggest hero for the Nationals this season might be an usher named Andre Hawthorne for a courageous act performed away from the stadium.

The Nationals will honor Hawthorne before Tuesday's night game, a team spokesperson told the Washington Post, after he saved kids in his neighborhood from a vicious dog attack.

Hawthorne was returning from the ball park to his home in northeast Washington last week when he saw two large dogs terrorizing the kids, some of whom were forced to flee to the roof of a parked car, WJLA reported.

The children were able to run to safety while Hawthorne confronted the dogs with a knife. The dogs attacked Hawthorne, biting him on the left arm and left hand, and he is receiving rabies shots.

Video courtesy WJLA

Hawthorne will receive a Nationals jersey from team officials during a pre-game ceremony, the Post reported.

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