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Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Deputy receives Medal of Valor

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy has received the Medal of Valor for his work during the Fern Creek High School shooting.

Deputy Brent Reichardt didn't' see it coming. As the school resource officer, Deputy Brent Reichardt was the first to respond at Fern Creek when a student was shot on campus last September.

Reichardt made split-second decisions that would ultimately help find the teenage gunman and usher other kids to safety.

"Unfortunately, we get put in situations where we have to act and go above and beyond," Reichardt said. "And I don't really feel like I really went above and beyond. I feel like I did my job. And more importantly, the staff at Fern Creek -- from the administration to security to the students and teachers -- everybody did a great job that day, and I accept this on behalf of them too."

On Friday morning, he received the Medal of Valor.

"In recognition to his brave dedication to duty on 9/30 that lead to the protection of students and faculty, helped save the life of a victim and captured an armed assailant, Deputy Brent Reichardt is presented the Jefferson County Sheriff's office Medal of Valor," said Col. Carl Yates of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

The award comes on the day before Reichardt deploys with the Kentucky Air National Guard.

"He resisted suggestions to evacuate everyone to the football field as some suggested because of the apartments nearby...and instead directed everyone to the softball field," Col. Yates said. "A wise decision, as it turned out, because the shooter was later found in those apartments near the football field."

"His quick thinking and professional judgment really helped our students and our staff that day," said Principal Nate Meyer of Fern Creek High School.

The deputy remains humble in his distinction -- but this award is only presented to a select few.

Deputy Reichardt doesn't boast, and doesn't brag, but his little girl? She'll sum up the day.

"He's very special," Mackenzie Reichardt said.

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