The men responsible for the rescue of an Alabama boy earlier this year are finalists for a medal from the Department of Homeland Security. FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen Richardson and his team are being honored for their work during the hostage stand-off in Midland City, Alabama.
Police SWAT teams and hostage negotiators are gathered at a standoff and hostage scene in Dale County near Midland City, Ala., Jan. 30, 2013. / AP Photo/The Montgomery Advertiser
Jimmy Lee Dykes killed a school bus driver, then kidnapped 5 year old Ethan Gilman, holding him in an underground bunker for nearly a week. Richardson coordinated all the different agencies that responded to the crisis, directed negotiators, and eventually ordered a swat team to end the stand-off. Dykes was shot and killed, but Ethan was rescued unharmed.
For their work, Richardson's team has been nominated for the 2013 Heyman Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal.