The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) presented its Floyd Ledbetter National School Resource Officer of the Year Award to Cpl. Shane Woodall of the Rockingham Sheriff's Department in Wentworth, N.C., today as part of its 25th anniversary NASRO School Safety Conference.
Woodall serves as a school resource officer (SRO) at Dalton L. McMichael High School in Mayodan, N.C. The annual award recognizes an SRO who has made specific and significant contributions to the officer's local town, city, county and/or school district.
"In addition to fulfilling his duties as an SRO in an exemplary manner, Cpl. Woodall has gone far above and beyond the call of duty in his service to students and he has made a remarkable impact on his community," said Mo Canady, NASRO executive director. "We're pleased to honor this outstanding officer."
Woodall has organized numerous programs to educate students and he has also helped raise thousands of dollars for local charities. He sponsors his school's Students against Destructive Decisions chapter and creates innovative approaches to help students understand the dangers of drinking and driving. He has also supported McMichael students who have special needs by raising money to cover prom expenses for these students, who he personally escorts to the prom. He has organized charitable events to help families pay the funeral costs of students who died and has also led programs to raise money for charities dedicated to thoracic insufficiency syndrome and cystic fibrosis.
NASRO also bestowed its National Award of Valor upon three SROs in recognition of their specific acts of courage and valor. Award winners include:
- Constable Stacy Miskolczi, Edmonton Police Service, Alberta, Canada. On November 4, 2014, Miskolczi reacted quickly and deliberately in responding to a school staff member in need. Her actions were credited with saving the life of a staff member at L.Y. Cairns High School.
- SRO Andrew Lepkowski, Crow Creek Agency, Ft. Thompson, S.D. On October 30, 2013, Lepkowski heroically aided in the pursuit of an individual armed with a deadly weapon. His actions were credited with saving the lives of students and staff members of the Crow Creek Tribal Schools.
- James Kiely, Milford Police Department, Milford, Conn. On April 25, 2014, Kiely performed decisively and valiantly in the face of danger when he pursued and confronted a dangerous individual who was armed with a deadly weapon. His actions have been credited with saving the lives of students and staff members of the Jonathan Law High School.
NASRO presented its annual awards during a luncheon ceremony at its 25th anniversary national conference in Orlando. Other awards bestowed during the luncheon and their recipients are listed on the NASRO website at https://nasro.org/conference/2015-nasro-school-safety-award-recipients/.
NASRO is a nonprofit organization for school-based law enforcement officers, school administrators, and school security and safety professionals working as partners to protect students, school faculty and staff, and the schools they attend. NASRO is located in Hoover, Ala., and was established in 1991. For more information, visit www.nasro.org.