Legislative Medal of Honor presented to Lincoln police officer

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The Alabama Legislature honored a Lincoln, Ala. police officer for exhibiting extraordinary courage in the line of duty.

Zack Tutten of the Lincoln Police Department in Talladega County, has been awarded the Legislative Medal of Honor for putting himself in danger to shoot and kill a man threatening people in a convenience store with a shotgun.

According to the commendation, Tutten “placed in a life-threatening situation and without a moment’s hesitation, Officer Zack Tutten placed himself in the line of peril and stopped the individual from  killing or harming at least a half dozen people including the two store employees, the original assault victim, two Lincoln firefighter/medics, a civilian shopping in the store, and customers in the parking and gas pump areas of the store.”

“Officer Zack Tutten demonstrated immense courage, diligence, and quick response in a life-threatening situation; his loyalty and unwavering commitment to protect and serve the residents of Lincoln, Alabama, were evidenced by  his quick and proper response in protecting the lives of others.”

Tutten was presented the honor on Thursday before a joint session of the legislature on the house floor in Montgomery.

“Each of these nominees reminds us that law enforcement is doing amazing things to protect the lives of Alabamians every single day,” said Governor Kay Ivey at the ceremony. “All Alabamians stand in your debt.”

Other 2017’s honorees include:

NUMBER SPONSOR SUBJECT
HJR303 Sanderford Commending Officers Wytasha Carter, Wallace Russell, Shaun Deane, Thomas Lucas, John Swinney, Marlon Tolliver, Stephen Moore, Frederick Wesley, Frank Alexander, Vonric Slaughter, and Paul Irwin of the Birmingham Police Department as nominees for the 2017 Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement
HJR304 Sanderford Commending Officer Thomas C. Traylor of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as a nominee for the 2017 Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement
HJR305 Sanderford Commending Senior Trooper Richard Daryl Bosarge, Jr., of the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency as a nominee for the 2017 Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement
HJR306 Sanderford Commending Officer Kevin Studyvin of the Fultondale Police Department as a nominee for the 2017 Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement
HJR307 Sanderford Commending Officers Miles Livingston, Byron Hall, Timothy Jackson, and Cody Southwood, Sergeant John Harris, and Lieutenant Ward of the Decatur Police Department as nominees for the 2017 Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement
HJR308 Sanderford Commending Officers Cory Sarvaunt and Jonathan Mitchell of the Vestavia Hills Police Department as nominees for the 2017 Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement
HJR309 Sanderford Commending Agent Robbie Autery of the 17th Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force as a nominee for the 2017 Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement
HJR310 Sanderford Commending Officer Tony Bryant of the Huntsville Police Department as a nominee for the 2017 Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement
HJR311 Sanderford Commending Officer Zack Tutten as a nominee for the 2017 Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement
HJR312 Sanderford Commending Corporal Toliver and Officer Leonard of the Irondale Police Department as nominees for the 2017Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement
HJR313 Sanderford Commending Sergeant Larry Toland, Officer Zackary Davis, and Corporal Pat Sanders of the Mobile Police Department and Officer Clarence Adams of the Prichard Police Department as Nominees for the 2017 Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement
HJR316 Sanderford Commending Officer Zack Tutten on receiving the 2017 Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement
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