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National medal of valor given to Shelby County school resource officer

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A local school resource officer has a lot to be proud of today.  Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy David Morrow was given the National Sheriff's Association's Medal of Valor.  It was a surprise to Morrow, who had no idea he would be presented with such an honor.

School and law enforcement leaders kept the ceremony a secret.  He was called out to a pep rally for "crowd control" when Sheriff Chris Curry and a representative from National Sheriff's Association stepped up, along with Morrow's wife.  The deputy chuckled that he was about to go to lunch.

Once given the award, Morrow spoke to students and faculty.  He thanked everyone for remembering their training.  "I'm thankful I was here, but more than that I'm thankful that you guys.. were prepared enough to know what to do in a time of crisis."  His humility was further shown when complimented on the fact that he could have prevented a tragedy.  He said, "It wasn't me that prevented all this.  God was in control the whole time.  I don't say that lightly I mean that because things could have gone a different way so quickly."

On February 12, 2013 reports indicate Ryan Sims entered Chelsea Middle School with a gun.  Reportedly, the former part-time summer employee held several girls hostage in a locker room.  Deputy Morrow and Principal Bill Harper were able to diffuse the situation in about 20 minutes, with no injuries.

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