Capt. Bryan Horton, operations supervisor for the sheriff’s office, received a letter this week from Tennessee Homeland Security Assistant Commissioner David Purkey informing him of the award.
The state recognizes first responders who work toward making their community a safer place for residents. September is National Preparedness Month.
Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge nominated Horton for the recognition.
“Bryan was instrumental in implementing the armed intruder training in our schools. This is the first program of this type in this part of the state,” Eldridge said. “This will be around a long time.”
“It’s very prestigious and he is certainly very worthy,” Eldridge said.
Horton said he was surprised when he learned about the nomination and honored he was selected to receive the award.
Horton will go to Nashville on Friday to accept the award in a ceremony to recognize him and more than a dozen other first responders from across the state.
“This all caught me by total surprise. I read the letter. I was in shock,” Horton said. Sheriff Ed Graybeal told Horton about the award earlier this week.