by 2nd Lt. James W. Killen
123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
3/27/2015 - KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A
Kentucky Air National Guardsman has been awarded the Medal of Valor
from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office for actions he took during a
shooting incident at Fern Creek High School September 2014.
Staff Sgt. Brent Reichardt, an aircraft hydraulics specialist in the
123rd Maintenance Squadron here, works full-time as a Jefferson County
Sheriff's deputy and school resource officer was on duty at Fern Creek
High School Sept. 30 when a student pulled a gun during an altercation
with a classmate and shot another student in the abdomen before fleeing
As the first officer to respond, Reichardt's split-second decision
making helped save the life of Javaughntay Burroughs and ensured that
other students were safely evacuated from the last known location of the
suspect, officials said. Reichardt also facilitated the arrival of
back-up officers and eventually helped locate the suspect.
Jefferson County Sheriff John Aubrey said Reichardt exemplifies a man of character.
"It takes a special type of person to serve as an SRO and to work with
kids and to know what to do when they are in danger," Aubrey said. "For
going above and beyond the duties in his position, Deputy Reichardt was
presented the Medal of Valor."
Reichardt expressed his surprise about receiving the award, which was
presented during a ceremony at the Sheriff's Office Feb. 20.
"I feel like I was doing my job," Reichardt said. "My security team
there is fantastic; they make my job so easy. Without them, I would not
have been awarded this medal, so the credit really belongs with them."
The Medal of Valor is presented to deputies who demonstrate bravery,
perseverance, initiative and dedication to duty in the face of imminent
One day after receiving the award, Reichardt deployed to the Southwest
Asia to continue serving his community as an Air National Guard
maintainer. Before leaving he replied to a question comparing service as
a school resource officer to his service in uniform.
"Core values are core values. Integrity is a big part of being a deputy,
and 'integrity first' is one of our Air Force Core Values." Reichardt
said, "It is my pleasure to serve our community with integrity, not just
here at home, but overseas, too."