Terrible events have a way of revealing extraordinary and heroic qualities in people present. The killing of Woody was one of those kinds of events. A number of people, named and unnamed, deserve special praise for the way they responded to the Woody's dramatic plea for sanctuary and his killing that followed. They include:
- All of the eighteen congregants who honored Woody's plea to stay and bear witness. Most or all of these people apparently stayed even when the police arrived and shouted for them to leave.
- Michael Italia, for the way he reached out to Woody and helped him place the call to loved ones that resulted in the recording of the the voicemail message, and for staying after the shooting.
- Polly Wilson, for staying and bearing witness, for her asking others to stay when it was suggested that everyone leave, and for her willingness to publicly recount the events she witnessed.
- Norman and Margaret Hunt, for staying and bearing witness, and for their tirelessness in publicly recounting the events they witnessed.
- Tommy Thomas, for continuing to stand in the room when the police arrived, for his careful observation of the events that followed, and for his tirelessness and courage in publicly recounting the events he witnessed.
- Phyllis Woodring, for coming forward after the shooting to give care and comfort to Woody, and for following Woody to the hospital.
- Cathy Bernstein, a church member who was not present on the day of the shooting but has generously served friends and family of Woody and community and church members by facilitating and hosting meetings.
- These and other church members who attended services for Woody and who reached out to his friends and family in this and other ways.
In addition, the Board of Trustees of the All Souls Church should be commended for their decision to establish The Robert Woodward Memorial Fund to honor Woody's commitment to the natural world.