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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---Many of our city's finest were honored Saturday for work they have done to keep the community a safer place.
Among the many officers receiving awards, there was an 11-year-old with a special story of his own.
“I think it's amazing,” says Donald Gritton III.
Donald Gritton III is by far the youngest award recipient in this room.
His story goes back to an incident that happened on an elementary school playground last September.
“I seen a man with a weapon, and I went and told my teacher,” says Donald Gritton III.
Gritton, noticed the man, hiding in the bushes with what appeared to be a gun, near Kenwood Elementary School.
That's when he took action.
“I was actually trying to be calm a little bit, because if I had said the guy has a weapon, he would have known, so we all lined up quietly and walked into the building and then went into lockdown mode,” says Donald Gritton III.
The man was later arrested. He was found with five bb guns.
Police say, whether they were deadly or not, what Gritton did was nothing short of a heroic action.
“To recognize a problem and to know to go to an authority, his teacher. I think his actions very likely could have saved his classmates from some serious problems,” says Chief Steve Conrad with Louisville Metro Police.
“I'm extremely proud of him. He did the right thing. He took care of the whole school. He took care of all his siblings, friends and teachers,” says Donald Gritton, Jr.
Not even a teenager yet, and receiving the "Distinguished Citizen Service" Award.
“It's a pleasure, because I did something that I really, really wanted to do,” says Donald Gritton III.
It's something Gritton says he'll forever be proud of.
“I'm gonna hang it up on the wall and look at it everyday and say I did the right thing,” says Donald Gritton III.
More than 100 officers and civilian employees were honored Saturday night at the LMPD Awards Ceremony.