Deputy honored for life-saving actions during Vaughan Foods beheading

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A deputy, who is credited with saving dozens of lives during a bizarre attack at a food distribution center earlier this year, was honored by the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.

On Tuesday, two deputies were honored for Valorous Service at the Windsor Hills Baptist Church Law and Order service.

Reserve deputy Mark Vaughan’s name was put in the spotlight after a tragic attack in September.

Authorities say Alton Nolen beheaded Colleen Hufford inside Vaughan Foods in late September.

Mark Vaughan, who is the former CEO of the company, pulled out a gun and shot Nolen as he was attacking another coworker, Traci Johnson.

If it weren’t for his swift actions, there may have been other casualties related to the attack.

In addition to Vaughan, Lt. Mike Cunningham was also recognized on Tuesday.

Cunningham was able to calm down a suicidal suspect and take him into custody safely.