WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Mayor Vincent Gray presented the first-ever Mayor’s Medal of Honor to a security guard for his heroism in the face of a shooting at the Family Research Council this summer.
Gray presented the first honorary award to Leonardo “Leo” Johnson, 46, shot on Aug. 15 when a man opened fire inside the headquarters of the conservative Christian lobbying group.
Johnson was shot while successfully attempting to disarm the alleged shooter – Floyd Lee Corkins II, 28, of Herndon – potentially preventing many other victims in the attack.
“Leo Johnson put his life on the line to wrestle a firearm away from an assailant and prevented what could have been a very tragic situation,” Gray said. “He is a hero and it is my privilege to recognize his bravery by awarding him with the Medal of Honor.”
He was presented with the award in the company of his family, as well as the President of the Family Research Council.
Corkins faces up to 40 years in prison, charged with interstate transportation of firearms and ammunition – a federal offense – as well assault with intent to kill while armed, and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence.
Police say he was carrying fifteen Chick-fil-A sandwiches at the time of the shooting – just days after the fast food chain’s president came out publicly against same-sex marriage – and told Johnson he did not like the Family Research Council’s policies before opening fire.
Two police officers were also recognized by the mayor, and by Police Chief Cathy Lanier, for their actions during the incident. Acting Sergeant Timothy Holmes and Officer Walter Gilmore were highlighted for their outstanding judgment and professionalism they displayed in responding to the incident.