Local Officer Receives Recognition For Bravery

Mar 25, 2016

Elizabeth Angulo helps put the Congressional Badge of Bravery on her husband.
Credit Ashley Tressel

The U.S. Department of Justice awarded Tallahassee police officer Scott Angulo a Congressional Badge of Bravery Friday. 

Scott Angulo did not expect to be caught in a gunfight while responding to a house fire. But after a gunman started shooting, killing one deputy, Angulo shot back, saving himself and fellow responders. Two years later, the U.S. Department of Justice awarded him a Congressional Badge of Bravery. Police Chief Mike DeLeo says not many people would risk their lives to save others.

“But Scott Angulo is that rare individual who exemplifies service, self-sacrifice and a sense of duty that many of us aspire to,” DeLeo says.

Angulo says he’s not used to the attention and just wants to do his job.

“I don’t think it took any more courage to do this than it does anything else," Angulo says. "I’ve been just as afraid during other stuff as I was during this. I mean, it’s part of the job, it’s overcoming that.”

The gunman killed Deputy Chris Smith. Sheriff Mike Wood honored Smith at the badge ceremony Friday.