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In recognition of her courage in a life-or-death situation, an Osceola County Corrections Officer was recently honored by the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C.
Officer Reesheema Taylor was recognized with a life-sized statue in her image, which stands in a section of the museum devoted to the field of corrections. The section gives visitors the opportunity to experience what it is like to “walk in the shoes” of a corrections officer.
In 2009, Officer Taylor foiled the escape attempt of an inmate who smuggled a gun into the jail and took a Corrections Officer hostage. While performing her routine duties that day, Officer Taylor encountered the inmate, who pointed the gun to her head. Officer Taylor grabbed the weapon and delivered knee spikes to the inmate’s groin, disarming the inmate in the process. Due to her heroic actions, Officer Taylor undoubtedly saved the lives of many and was ultimately awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor by then Vice President Joe Biden.
“Officer Taylor’s courageous actions on that day reflect positively on Osceola County and we are honored by this latest accolade,” said Commission Chairman Fred Hawkins, Jr. “We are very proud of all of our officers and staff members at the Osceola County jail, who represent the highest ideal of service in keeping the public safe.”
“I am immensely proud of Officer Taylor and of the recognition the National Law Enforcement Museum has bestowed upon her,” said Osceola County Corrections Chief Bryan Holt. “To know the Osceola County Corrections Department will be represented in our nation’s capital for future generations is truly humbling.”
The National Law Enforcement Museum opened on October 13 and is the nation’s only museum that explores all aspects of American law enforcement. Through engaging exhibits and artifacts, the museum gives visitors insight into the law enforcement experience, past and present. To learn more visit: https://lawenforcementmuseum.org/