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Scott Gives Medal Of Heroism To SRO Credited With Preventing Mass School Shooting In Ocala

(from right to left) Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods, Deputy Jimmy Long, Long's wife, and Gov. Rick Scott, following SRO Long's Medal Of Heroism presentation.
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(from right to left) Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods, Deputy Jimmy Long, Long's wife, and Gov. Rick Scott, following SRO Long's Medal Of Heroism presentation.

Governor Rick Scott has awarded the Medal of Heroism to the school resource officer credited with taking quick action to help prevent another mass school shooting last week.

Scott says he applauds the actions Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Jimmy Long took Friday at Forest High School in Ocala that led to the arrest of a 19-year-old gunman.

“On the morning of April 20, 2018, Deputy Long heard the loud bang of gunfire from inside the school—as I said, my heart would be pounding,” said Scott. “Without hesitating, he was trained and he knew exactly what to do. He immediately responded to the source of the sound. Within three minutes, he found and apprehended the suspect, saving countless students from potential harm. He put his own life at risk to keep his student safe. It’s because of his bravery that this tragedy never had the chance to unfold.”

One student was shot in the ankle, but officials say it could have been much worse. Meanwhile, the Marion County school district as well as law enforcement agencies have agreed to put more than 30 resource officers in all schools for the remainder of the school year.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.