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New National Law Enforcement Museum Honors Osceola County Corrections Officer

An Osceola County corrections officer who showed courage in a life-or-death situation has been recognized with a life-size statue in her image at the new National Law Enforcement Museum that opened Oct. 11 in Washington, DC. While performing her routine duties one day in 2009, Reeshemah Taylor foiled the escape attempt of an inmate who smuggled a gun into the jail and took a corrections officer hostage. When she encountered the inmate and he pointed the gun at her head, she grabbed the weapon and delivered knee spikes to the inmate’s groin, disarming him. She was awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor by then-Vice President Joe Biden. The statue of her is in a section of the museum devoted to the field of corrections. The museum gives visitors a chance to “walk in the shoes” of law enforcement officers. “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.”

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