By: Lanetra Bennett
March 26, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Congresswoman Gwen Graham presented the Congressional Badge of Bravery to Tallahassee Police Officer Scott Angulo Friday.
His wife did the honors of placing the medal around his neck.
Angulo was honored for shooting and killing the man who killed Leon County Deputy Chris Smith in November 2014. The suspect set a house on fire and shot at first responders.
Leon County Sheriff Mike Wood said, "If the roles were reversed, Chris would've taken that action."
Angulo said, "Every day guys put the badge on and go out every day not knowing. I think what I did takes no more courage than what they do every day; going to an alarm call, stopping that car on the road. It's all the same. You never know how it's going to turn out. That's why this really surprises me."
Whether he accepts it or not, bravery, courage, and hero are words used when describing how Angulo was off duty the day of the shooting and left his wife and kids to rush to the scene.
TPD Chief Michael DeLeo said, "Scott Angulo is that rare individual who exemplifies service, self-sacrifice, and the sense of duty that many of us aspire to."
U.S. Rep. Graham said, "There were others that by Officer Angulo's brave actions whose lives were saved. Our community will forever be indebted. This is the least that I could do as the congressional representative of this area, is to make sure that he got the highest award that he could receive for his bravery and courage."
The Congressional Badge of Bravery recognizes law enforcement officers who have been injured in the line of duty or shown exceptional acts of bravery.
Angulo is one of eleven people in the country to receive it this year.
By: WCTV Eyewitness News
March 26, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Tallahassee Police Department officer Scott Angulo was awarded the Congressional Badge of Bravery Friday.
Angulo received the honor at a ceremony at Tallahassee Community College's Ghazvini Center for Education.
Angulo shot and killed gunman Curtis Wade Holley in a November 2014 incident in which Holley ambushed first responders after setting fire to his home. The ambush resulted in the death of Leon County Sheriff's Office Deputy Chris Smith.
Angulo was also named Police Officer Of The Year by the International Association of Police Chiefs, and was a finalist for Florida's Law Enforcement Officer of the Year given by Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Representative Gwen Graham, US Attorney Christopher Canova, Mayor Andrew Gillum, Sheriff Mike Wood and TPD Chief Michael DeLeo were all in attendance at the ceremony.