TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida offers a heartfelt thank you to a correctional officer who risked his life to save his colleagues during a prison attack.
Officer Stanley Petersen received a standing ovation as he was honored Tuesday during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet.
Gov. Rick Scott presented Petersen with Florida's Medal of Heroism for his brave actions at the Columbia Correctional Institute Annex in March.
Petersen rushed to help two colleagues attacked by an inmate. He captured the attacker and helped his injured colleagues until medical personnel arrived at the scene.
Sgt. Ruben Thomas was viciously stabbed and did not survive. Officer William Brewer sustained multiple injuries and is still recovering.
Officer Petersen said he was honored to receive the award.
"We had many individuals that night who also stepped up and are very deserving of recognition themselves. I'm very happy and proud to be part of the greatest family in Florida, the Department of Corrections. And I'd like to say we do never walk alone."
The Medal of Heroism is awarded to law enforcement and correctional officers, as well as firefighters and first responders who distinguish themselves by going above and beyond the call of duty.