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Orlando Police Lieutenant Scott Smith Receives Officer Of The Year Award

Orlando police, investigators brief reporters on early morning shooting at the Pulse nightclub.
Catherine Welch

Orlando Police Lieutenant Scott Smith is this year’s Officer of the Year. Smith is being recognized for his bravery following the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016.

The eight Florida law enforcement officers in the running for the Officer of the Year award received nominations for their commitment to protecting citizens and saving lives. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi recognized all of the nominees for their dedication and presented the award to Lieutenant Smith.

“He commanded the initial tactical response as a first responder, let officers into the building confronting the active shooter with return fire, and limited his access to further victims,” Bondi said.

Bondi says Smith’s bravery saved lives during what was at the time the largest mass shooting in the United States. 

Noah Hertz is a third year Political Science/International Affairs student at Florida State University. Noah is the Chief News Anchor and a DJ at WVFS and an executive contributing writer for Spire Magazine. When he isn't working, Noah likes board games, listening to music and biking.