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HIGH SPRINGS ‒ Awards of Valor were presented to Sgt. Gary Moore and Officer Mayuly Nodarse by High Springs Police Chief Antoine Sheppard at the June 24 City Commission meeting.

The two were recognized for their actions at on April 28, 2021 at 17427 N.W. 266th Street. At 6 p.m., Moore and Nodarse responded to a suspicious activity call and observed an individual in the bathroom holding a knife in a threatening manner. The victim was yelling for help after hearing announcements from outside.

After several commands from the officers, they forced entry into the bathroom. The armed suspect was uncooperative and “appeared to be in an altered state of mind,” said High Springs Police Department Sergeant Taylor. The officers were able to disarm and detain the suspect using non-lethal force tasers.

“These officers displayed a significant amount of courage and bravery,” Taylor said. “The High Springs Police Department is honored to present these awards to Sgt. Moore and Officer Nodarse.”

Chief Sheppard read the Award of Valor to Commissioners, “This award is presented in recognition of your unselfish actions during an emergency situation which resulted in the saving of human life. Your proper application of training, experience and equipment exemplifies your dedication to duty, preservation of life and services to the community.”

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