Central Christian College of Kansas alumni Douglas Schroeder has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Valor by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his role in stopping a mass shooting in February 2016.
Schroeder, the police chief of Hesston, Kansas, was the first responding officer to Excel Industries, where an active shooting was in progress. Cedric Ford, 38, had shot and killed three people and wounded 14 others. Schroeder entered Excel alone and fatally shot Ford. Ford had been employed as a painter by Excel Industries and was on a drug and alcohol fueled shooting spree when Schroeder arrived on the scene.
"The Medal of Valor is the highest national award for public safety officers and is awarded for exceptional acts of heroism, extending above and beyond the call of duty," said Hesston City Administrator Gary Emry in a statement to The Wichita Eagle.“This award signifies Chief Schroeder’s exemplary action during a time of crisis which saved many lives and is well-deserved,” Emry says.
Schroeder was also awarded the Hero of the Year award by the Wichita Crime Commission
When asked about the event, Schroder says "I didn't do this to be a hero. God was with me. No doubt.” He credits his faith, family, and faith community for supporting him as he processes the events that occurred that fateful day.
Schroeder is a 2013 graduate of CCC’s Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice program. The program is designed for busy police officers who want to further their education and is available 100 percent online. The program is taught by experience and active professionals in the criminal justice field.