Correction Officers are not immune to dangerous situations. In 2009, Officer Reeshemah Taylor was working the Medical Unit of the Osceola County Jail.
As she was working, she came across an inmate who had taken another officer hostage and was now wearing that officers uniform.
The inmate took Taylor at gunpoint into a room with the other officer. The inmate held a 9mm semi-automatic gun to her head.
The violent history for this felon was long. The inmate was serving three consecutive life sentences with zero possibility of parole, and was pending trial for an armed robbery.
The inmate was also a well-known gang member, a part of the "Los 27" and La Nieta" gangs, who were based in Puerto Rico. They were infamous for their violent behavior toward law enforcement.
The inmate's plan was to leave the jail dressed as a corrections officer in hopes no one would notice. The inmate would use the gun if anyone tried to stop him as he did not want to stay in prison.
Keeping Him Down
Taylor attempted to take the weapon from him and ended up in a struggle. He pointed it at her and she grabbed it with both hands and hit him with the groin with her knee.
He fell to the ground and dropped the weapon. She continued to fight to keep him down and from retrieving the gun.
Her effort kept the inmate down and the inmate did not escape. She saved many lives that day through her determination and training.
Taylor was awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor.