ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A school resource officer who fired at a student gunman in Maryland is receiving more honors.
Blaine Gaskill, a deputy first class with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, received a governor’s citation on Thursday. The Washington Post reports that Gov. Larry Hogan called him a hero who did everything right. Gaskill also was honored by the Washington Nationals, who had him throw the first pitch at their home opener.
Seventeen-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins mortally wounded 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey before killing himself at Great Mills High School last month.
Officials say Gaskill responded immediately and fired a shot that hit the gun in the teen’s hand just as Rollins shot himself in the head.
It was an honor today to recognize DFC Blaine Gaskill of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office with an official Governor’s citation. I believe very strongly that his swift action in response to last month’s tragic shooting at Great Mills High School helped to save lives. pic.twitter.com/8gz5IQvBaR
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) April 19, 2018