FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Compression Tactical Bra - Cheata Tactical
Patented technology is designed to provide the stability of 2-3 sports bras,...

Top News

Oklahoma Reserve Deputy Named 2014 NRA Officer of the Year

March 10, 2015  | 

Mark Vaughan, a reserve deputy with the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office, has been named the NRA's 2014 Officer of the Year.
Mark Vaughan, a reserve deputy with the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office, has been named the NRA's 2014 Officer of the Year.

The National Rifle Association has named Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office Reserve Deputy Mark Vaughan as the 2014 Officer of the Year. Vaughan was cited for his quick response to a horrifying attack that occurred at his business.

On Sept. 25, Alton Nolen,  an employee with a commercial fresh foods distributor in Moore, Okla., was suspended after an investigation into violation of work rules and harassment of employees. After leaving the company’s human resources office, Nolen reportedly drove to his apartment where he retrieved an 8-inch-long serrated knife, drove back to the business, and crashed his car into a parked vehicle. Charges filed against him last year say he then entered the main office, attacked Colleen Hufford—the first employee he came upon—and murdered her by decapitation.

Vaughan, who is CEO of the food distribution company in addition to his duties as a reserve deputy, heard the screams from his company's employees and decided he needed to take swift and immediate action. Quickly evaluating the tactical needs of the incident, he knew he could best respond if he had his patrol rifle. He retrieved it and sought out the suspect.

While Vaughan was moving into action, Nolen allegedly targeted Traci Johnson and cut her across her throat and the left side of her face. Vaughan shot Nolen, ending the attack, authorities say. Nolen is charged with murder and is currently in the Cleveland County Jail. His trial is set to begin in April and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Johnson has recovered from her wounds.

"Mark put an end to the threat by shooting the suspect and saving the life of the second victim who was being actively attacked by the suspect," said Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel. "There is every reason to believe that the lives of untold others were saved who would have been targeted by the suspect, if it had not been for Deputy Vaughan’s actions."

The NRA cited Vaughan’s "heroic actions" and said they were in the "highest traditions of law enforcement" as the reason for presenting him with 2014 NRA Officer of the Year Award.

“The actions of Deputy Vaughan on Sept. 25 were nothing short of heroic,” said NRA President James W. Porter III. “Thinking quickly and clearly, he put an end to an unspeakable rampage. The National Rifle Association is honored to name Deputy Vaughan as NRA’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.”

NRA's Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award was established in 1993 and recognizes an exceptional act or service by a law enforcement officer and is administered by the NRA Law Enforcement Division. http://le.nra.org/


Comments (1)

Displaying 1 - 1 of 1

Jon Retired LEO @ 3/11/2015 10:51 AM

Well done Deputy Vaughan. I believe you saved a lot of lives that day. You deserve any medal that they bestow on you. Keep up the good work.

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

PA Troopers' Use of Force in Shooting Justified, DA Says
Having watched that video, Morganelli said, he has nothing but praise for the restraint...
Video: OH Trooper, Nurse Rescue Man From Burning Car
Trooper Hanns ran to the passenger side of the vehicle and used his extendable baton to...
Baltimore Detective Shot in Head Has Died
The Baltimore homicide detective who was shot in the head on Wednesday has died, police...
IL State's Attorney Dismisses 18 Convictions Involving Former Chicago Sergeant
It comes two months after lawyers for the 15 men filed a joint petition seeking to...
Video: FL Man Arrested on Explosives Charges Reportedly Wanted to Maim First Responders
A 31-year-old DeBary, FL, man was arrested Sunday afternoon after deputies discovered...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
Police Magazine