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Clay detective receives Medal of Heroism

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Clay County Sheriff's Office Det. Gary Lavaron was given the Medal of Heroism by Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday for his efforts to save fellow officers during a February 2012 meth lab investigation in which Det. David White was killed.

Lavaron shot the suspect who fatally shot White in the head and also shot Det. Matt Hanlin, according to a release from the Scott's office. He also gave medical assistance to Hanlin.

"I am humbled to receive the Medal of Heroism and gratefully accept this award in the honor of Detective Dave White," Lavaron said. "It should be known that I am no more of a hero than any of my other colleagues who were there the night of February 16th, 2012. My actions were in response to the threat that endangered my life as well as those around me. I am confident that any of my team members would have responded the same way or better than I did if placed in the same situation."

The Medal of Heroism is awarded to police, medical personnel or firefighters who put themselves in harm's way in an effort to save the lives of others.


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