Five Gadsden County law enforcement officers were nominated for selection as Gadsden County Officer of the Year 2013. Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission Officer Ben Johnson (FWC), Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Trooper Robin Eric Barr, (GCSO) Sheriff’s Deputy Clay Joyner, Havana (HPD) Sergeant Khang Bui and Quincy (QPD) Curtis Bridges, Jr. were each nominated by their department.
Sergeant Bui was nominated for the honor by Havana Chief Tracy Smith, who said Bui exemplified commitment to the Community Policing concept. “He’s a proven asset to our department,” said Smith. Sgt. Bui mentors children at both Havana Elementary School and Havana Middle School. “He takes a spiritual approach with troubled youth, and often takes them to area churches,” the chief said.
On February 1, 2012, Bui responded to a 911 call and hang-up, and was fired upon by the suspect on arrival.
Despite the danger in the situation, Sgt. Bui was able to set up a perimeter to contain the shooter. He remained calm and was able to provide information that enabled the other responding officers to stay safe.
Tragically, the suspect had killed his wife and shot and killed himself. Bui’s award as the 2013 Gadsden County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year was announced by Pilot Club president Deloris Spoooner at the end of the luncheon meeting sponsored by the Quincy Kiwanis, Pilot Club, Rotary and Lions Club.
Quincy Rotary Club president Gay Steffen read each nomination to the roomful of law enforcement officers, family members, friends and civic organizations.