November 13 of last year could have ended a lot differently if it weren't for Clearwater Officer Jason Moore.
Clearwater Police officers were looking for a murder suspect when Officer Moore noticed everyone in the area running away from police—except one man. That man was moving up behind another officer who was looking the other way.
So Moore moved in. He surprised the suspect who dropped a loaded gun.
"I do believe he had ill intentions that night. I'm just glad I was at the right place at the right time. It could have been anybody this time it was just me," Moore said.
For his actions, the Clearwater Police honored Officer Moore Wednesday with the department's highest honor: The Joseph F. Cornelius Family Foundation's Outstanding Officer of the Year Award.
The award was founded by the late Joseph Cornelius and his wife, Mirth, when Joseph Cornelius was president of the Bank of Clearwater. The award recognizes a Clearwater Police officer or officers who performed an exceptional act of heroism and valor in the line of duty.
This is only his fourth year as an officer. Before working with Clearwater Police he served in the Army.