As regular readers are by now aware, we like to celebrate the heroic deeds of average men. This is the first time in a long while that we have two such stories back-to-back.
This morning at Great Mills High School in Maryland, a dirtbag with an illegally-possessed handgun opened fire on a defenseless 16 year-old girl and wounded a 14 year-old before he found himself in shootout with a SWAT-trained police veteran named Blaine Gaskill.
Gaskill turned the tables on the punk. According to St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron: "Gaskill pursued and engaged the shooter. He contained the situation within one minute of the initial shots fired." Gaskill sent the shooter, a local punk named Austin Rollins, to Tartarus.
The girl shot by Rollins is still in intensive care. The unidentified 14 year-old victim is in stable condition. Even Governor Hogan praised Gaskill's actions, saying that the situation could have been much worse were it not for the deputy's courageous and prompt response.
Deputy Gaskill did not speak to the press, but Fox News reported that he has been recognized for bravery before. In 2016, he faced down an armed thug in a Domestic Violence case, resulting in an official commendation.
Blaine Gaskill (left)
The Deputy has served in St. Mary's County since 2012. Previously, he worked as a corrections officer.
Every man has within himself the potential to rise to this level when duty calls. Thank goodness that Great Mills High School had one who did.