A U.S. Marshals Inspector has been recognized by the Department of Justice for his acts of courage and heroism, the U.S. Marshals Service announced in a release.
Inspector John Long of the U.S. Marshals’ Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force was named as the U.S. Marshals Service recipient of the Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Heroism stemming from an incident where he risked his life to save a woman in December 2011. After the incident, Long also received the U.S. Marshals Service Director’s Award for Valor.
As a member of the task force, Inspector Long witnessed a woman being pursued by a fugitive. The woman screamed for help and ran toward Inspector Long. Inspector Long announced himself, prompting the fugitive to abandon his efforts in pursuing the woman and instead flee into nearby woods.
Task force members canvassed the area and Inspector Long observed the fugitive crawling into a nearby shed. Long commanded the fugitive to surrender, which the fugitive ultimately did.
Long was presented with the DOJ heroism award on Oct. 17, 2012.