A Florida correctional officer who risked her life to save a coworker’s is being honored at the state capitol.
In 2009 Osceola County Corrections Officer Reeshemah Taylor rushed into a jail cell where an inmate had stolen a gun from a guard and was holding him hostage. Taylor fought the gun out of his hand and saved her coworkers lives. She says she was just doing her job.
“I knew his background, I knew what he was capable of, and I knew that if I was in that situation what I would do and I figured that he was going to try and kill every single one of us that day and I wasn’t ready to die that day so I did what I had to do.”
In total 11 Florida officers were nominated for the award. All received plaques for their bravery. The awards ceremony was underway as news of the shooting death of a Holmes County Correctional Officer began to circulate.
Statement from Governor Rick Scott Regarding Today’s shooting in Holmes County.
“While assisting other law enforcement officials in Holmes County today, Colonel Greg Malloy, a veteran K9 officer with more than 20 years of service in the Department of Corrections, was senselessly gunned down."
" I hope all Floridians will join me in extending our condolences to the Malloy family for their loss, as well as our gratitude for the service of Colonel Malloy and all of those law enforcement officers who serve us every day."