LAFAYETTE, Tenn. (WSMV) – Many county deputies go through a series of trainings before taking on a protection and service role.
A school resource officer said years of training had helped him save hundreds of students from a dangerous situation.
Dozens of people from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office have been trained to act in a dangerous situation. Yet one MP said a particular lesson prompted him to do what some say is heroic.
“They teach airborne combat and the combat has started,” said Central Elementary School Resource Officer Aaron Shipley.
Shipley was on duty at the Macon County Homecoming Parade when he received a call via his radio.
“They had a reckless driver who might be coming through here, so I switched to the town frequency because he was the one trying to get the guy to stop, and I hear the screams getting closer and closer” , Shipley said.
That’s when Shipley says he realized hundreds of children and teachers were in danger.
“I had babies on both sides of the road that were lined up and there was no other option,” Shipley said.
In a split second, Shipley said his seven years of training and experience as a deputy prepared him for action.
“I could see him coming and he was trying to pick a ditch to go into, so I hit him,” Shipley said.
Shipley said MPs are trained to sacrifice themselves and do whatever it takes to protect the lives of others.
“They don’t exactly train you to crash a car, but that’s only part of it. You have to be willing to protect someone else, to really instill that in yourself,” Shipley said.
But Shipley said he was also praying every step of the way for his own safety.
“The good Lord pulled me through and kept me safe,” Shipley said.
Deputy Shipley said he would risk his life again knowing other MPs would do the same.
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