First-Ever Mayor's Medal of Honor Recognizes Heroism in FRC Shooting
Mayor Vincent C. Gray has presented the first-ever Mayor's Medal of Honor in recognition of heroism this past summer. Despite being shot, on Aug. 15, Leonardo "Leo" Johnson, an operations manager at the Family Research Council (FRC), disarmed an assailant and protected others at the Council, possibly preventing further bloodshed.
"Leo Johnson put his life on the line to wrestle a firearm away from an assailant and prevented what could have been a very tragic situation," said Gray. "He is a hero and it is my privilege to recognize his bravery by awarding him with the Medal of Honor."
Two Metropolitan Police Department officers also were recognized by Gray and Police Chief Cathy Lanier for their actions during the FRC incident.
Commendations for Acting Sergeant Timothy Holmes and Officer Walter Gilmore highlighted the outstanding judgment and professionalism they displayed in responding to the incident, calling upon their training to accurately analyze the situation and take appropriate action.
Meanwhile, the suspect in the case, Floyd Lee Corkins II of Herndon, Va., has been charged with interstate transportation of a firearms and ammunition, along with assault with intent to kill while armed, and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence.