The following 9 persons have been inducted into the Private Officer Hall of Fame.
The inductees were selected from a list of 64 nominations for their courageous acts of bravery and valor, professionalism and contributions to the private security industry.
This was an inaugural induction to pay honor to those who have given their all to protect life and property, their client, their community and the general public at large.
Each year from this day forward, the Private Officer Hall of Fame inductions will be held during the week of April 25th in honor of the founder and CEO of the association, Mr. Rick McCann.
The Private Officer International association is a private security organization with members in 10 countries. The association provides support services including an on-line training school and certifications program, a benevolent program for injured officers or families of security officers killed in the line of duty, a radio program geared toward security, services and products for the public safety industry and regional seminars.
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Red Lake, MI
Officer Derrick Brun was working at the Red Lake High School as an unarmed security officer in May 2005 when heavily armed 16 year old student Jeff Weise entered the school. Brun confronted the suspect allowing another security officer and numerous students to flee.
The suspect shot Officer Brun and then went on a shooting spree killing 9 others. Because of the selfless actions of Officer Brun, numerous students and staff were unharmed.
Officer McFarland was employed at the Montgomery Regional Hospital in Blacksburg VA. and was shot and killed in August 2006 while attempting to stop the escape of a prisoner who had been brought to the facility for medical treatment.
The suspect managed to disarm and kill a deputy sheriff and officer McFarland and was later captured.
McFarland leaves behind his wife Cindy, and the couple’s two children.
DAVID RYAN TRIPP
While working an unarmed security patrol at the Great Outdoors RV Park and Golf resort Officer Tripp encounted a fight involving several people. As he attempted to break up the disturbance he was killed by Shawn Cramer, a man who broke into the complex and killed three other people that night.
Tripp put up a huge battle against the armed suspect and was credited by local authorities for his brave acts which prevented further deaths that night.
Cramer was later captured and sentenced to prison for the murders.
Officer Quetel was on patrol of a MetroRail train station when she was attacked and shot and killed.
She was a dedicated, professional security and law enforcement practioner.
Quetel was a 5 year veteran of the Atlantis Security Company and a former police officer.
While working as an armored car security officer for Loomis in June 2009 Husted was shot dead during a robbery at an area Wal-Mart.
He had been employed with the company for 16yrs and was a dependable, well-liked, professional private officer.
Husted was an avid dirt bike racer and had plans of getting married and becoming a helicopter pilot.
Four suspects have been arrested and charged with the robbery and murder.
In December 2008 Officer Prindle was an employee of US Security Associates assigned to a bank in the metro Dallas area when he encountered an armed man attempting to rob the bank. The suspect fired numerous shots striking Officer Prindle twice, once in the chest and once in the abdomen. Officer Prindle returned fire as he sought cover and struck the suspect at least once which proved fatal to the bank robber. Officer Prindle was ialso nstrumental in evacuating bank employees and patrons and giving detail information to police via his cellphone as he took gunfire.
Officer Prindle survived his wounds because he was wearing his body armour. This was not the first incident that Prindle has been involved in where his actions prevented harm or loss of life to his employer and he is regarded in the security industry as a highly professional, skillful private officer.
STEVEN TYRONE JOHNS
Special police officer Johns was killed in a gun battle at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC on June 10 2009 when a man armed with a rifle entered and began shooting. Two other officers engaged the suspect striking the suspect who they then took into custody.
Johns was a well liked, professional security police officer who had worked at the museum for six years.
Johns left behind a wife and a son.
Special police officer Harry Weeks was employed by the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington DC on June 10 2009 when an amred man entered and began shooting, striking Officer Steven Tyrone Johns. Officer Weeks and his partner, officer Jason McCuiston returned fire striking the shooter. The officers then took the shooter into custody preventing any further injury or death to museum employees or patrons.
Officer Weeks is a 27 year veteran of the Washington DC police department who had recently retired and took a postion with the museum.
Special police officer McCuiston was employed by the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington DC on June 10 2009 when an amred man entered and began shooting, striking Officer Steven Tyrone Johns. Officer McCuiston and his partner, officer Harry Weeks returned fire striking the shooter. The officers then took the shooter into custody. Becuase of the heroic actions of these officers, the shooter never entered the main area of the museum preventing any further injury or death to museum employees or patrons
Officer McCuiston is a former U.S. Marine and Georgia police officer.