SSAC to honor David Benke

The School Safety Advocacy Council announced Wednesday that it will honor Colorado teacher David Benke for his heroic actions during a school shooting incident earlier this year at its upcoming National School Safety Conference.

Benke, a math teacher at Deer Creek Middle School in Jefferson County, Colo., tackled a 32-year-old man who walked onto the school’s campus in February and began firing on students.

"This is the first case we are aware of where a teacher made a quick decision to tackle an active shooter and Mr. Benke's actions no doubt saved so many young lives that day," said Curt Lavarello, executive director for the SSAC. "This is chance for the entire nation to say thank you to Mr. Benke on a national stage. David Benke deserves this day and this honor."

In addition to Benke, the SSAC will honor several other agencies and individuals at the conference including:

- Northwest Independent School District – Fort Worth, Texas
- Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office – School Resource Officer Division – Murfreesboro, Tenn.
- Harris County Department of Education, Center for Safe & Secure Schools – Houston, Texas
- New Providence School District – New Providence Police Dept – New Providence, N.J.
- Citrus County Sheriff’s Office – Inverness, Fla.
- St. Tammany Parish Public Schools – Louisiana
- Anne Arundel County Police – School Resource Officer Unit – Anne Arundel County, Md.
- Cherokee County Schools – Canton, Ga.
- Center for Education & Employment Law - Malvern, Penn.
- Mr. Charles Mamallapalli, University Christian School – Jacksonville, Fla.
- Police Chief Jerry Chandlee, Florida School for the Deaf & Blind, St. Augustine, Fla.
- Corporal Michael Rudinski, Hyattsville City Police – Hyattsville, Md.
- Superintendent Benjamin Moss, Sutter County Schools – Yuba City, Calif.
- School Resource Officer Tony Mills, Anne Arundel County Police, Md.
- Sgt. Michael McHenry, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Anaheim, Calif.

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