47 Seconds

Deputy Jennifer Fulford-Salvano of the Orange County, Fla., Sheriff’s office responded as backup on a call regarding intruders at a home in a neighborhood known for heavy crime.

An 8-year-old boy had made the 9-1-1 call.

“Do not lie in wait like an outlaw against the home of the righteous; do no violence to the place where the righteous live; for though they fall seven times, they will rise again; but the wicked are overthrown by calamity.” —Proverbs 24:15-16

She and another deputy arrived to find two officers already in the front yard of the home.

The officers soon realized that three children were in a vehicle in an open garage. Deputy Fulford-Salvano crept in, spotting the children, just as two gunmen came out of the house and began shooting at her. She exchanged fire, mortally wounding both men.

All three children were unharmed.

The deputy had been shot ten times—seven in her body and three in her vest. None of the bullet wounds were life-threatening or caused permanent damage. She returned to duty 38 days later after receiving a number of honors for her bravery, including the U.S. Medal of Valor.

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Vice President Dick Cheney awards Deputy Jennifer Fulford, of Florida’s Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Award.

All of Deputy Fulford-Salvano’s training came into play in just 47 seconds of gunfire. Her senses worked together in both offensive and defensive tactics to do what she was meant to do. Her proper use of that training saved the lives of the innocent that day. That is exactly why “the righteous rose and the wicked stumbled.”

In your own service, you also know your training is crucial. Stay current on procedures. Keep practicing what you’ve practiced a thousand times. Keep your soul righteous and ready.

You never know when you’ll need everything you’ve learned in a single moment in time.

STRONG TOWER, I run to You where I am safe and secure. When I must walk in the valley of the shadow of death, help me to not fear, but to have faith that You are with me. Keep me ever-righteous and ever-ready, sharp and focused on what You call me to do.

A daily devotion fromstrength for service

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