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FL School Police Chief: "I'm No Hero"

FL School Police Chief: "I'm No Hero"

Mike and Colleen Jones on "The Early Show." (CBS)

The Orlando Sentinal via YellowBrix

December 21, 2010

PANAMA CITY, FL – Mike Jones is being hailed as a hero for saving the lives of Bay County, Florida school board members Tuesday when gunman Clay Duke opened fire at a public board meeting. Jones, a former Panama City police officer, was on duty that day as the school district’s chief security officer, but he is well-known in the Florida panhandle community for his role as Salvage Santa.

While working as a police officer in Panama City, Jones encountered numerous families who were unable to afford Christmas gifts. Prompted by the need in the community, he started restoring old bicycles, raising money and collecting toys for needy children. This year, his 27th as Salvage Santa, he restored 137 bikes for children this Christmas. On Friday, just before he was interviewed on the Today show and Good Morning America, Jones learned that bicycle manufacturer Schwinn had donated 500 bikes and helmets valued at $65,000 for his efforts.

Jones is also an active member of Northside Baptist Church in Panama City.

“Mike’s a real special and unique person,” Northside’s senior pastor Luther Stanford told news outlets this week. “He is a servant through and through. Each and every day, Mike is doing something for somebody else. Whether it be for Salvage Santa or the school system. … I don’t know that I have ever seen him when he didn’t have a smile on his face. He’s a man of great faith and great passion for the Lord. He doesn’t take credit for a single thing that happened. He believes it was the hand of his Creator that protected him and the others.”

That sentiment was shared by Jones when interviewed by ABC’s Good Morning America. “There’s only one answer for while we’re alive, and that’s by the grace of God,” Jones said.

Jones has shared openly about the guilt he felt after taking Duke’s life and spent some time discussing his feelings with his pastor.

“Last night my wife and I went and got our granddaughter from daycare,” Jones told the Panama City News Herald. “Man I just held her and hugged her so much and loved on her and I was thinking you know Mr. Duke’s not going to get to do that this Christmas. And that’s the kind of thing that bothers me. Even though I know he came here to do bad and to do evil. … I just wish somebody would have recognized he had a problem before this and got him some help.”


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    tcee1

    over 3 years ago

    16 Comments

    A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. ~ Christopher Reeve

    (http://www.finestquotes.com/select_quote-category-Heroes-page-0.htm)

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    fletc

    over 3 years ago

    182 Comments

    Saint of the year. Not alot of people can make that switch from Santa to life taker, even when the chips are down. He sounds like the guy that we all wish we could be. Way to go all around Mike!

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    marine10311

    over 3 years ago

    572 Comments

    Great job ! bump robocop33

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    Void

    over 3 years ago

    48 Comments

    We need more people like him in this world. Good job.

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    LieutenantArne

    over 3 years ago

    2408 Comments

    Great job!

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    DonnaLynn

    over 3 years ago

    10574 Comments

    A true hero doesn't think what he/she did was anything special. Bump robocop!

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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    11184 Comments

    Bump Robocop. Mike Jones is a hero, pure and simple.

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    grant319

    over 3 years ago

    1208 Comments

    God Bless my friend. You did exactly what you had to do to save others lives. You may not consider yourself a hero, but you did your job well. Thank You.

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    Dep1870

    over 3 years ago

    188 Comments

    That's the thing about LE jobs, you have to accept that you are sometimes placed in situations where heroic actions are reqiured. Great Job!

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    God Bless him! A guardian angel for sure!

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    AZmeangreen

    over 3 years ago

    2338 Comments

    Good job sir!

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    caleigh1989

    over 3 years ago

    184 Comments

    bump ny911 and AKangel~~~

    Dreat Job, and thank you sir!

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    NewYork911

    over 3 years ago

    1672 Comments

    Thank you for your YEARS of service to your community and your family in Blue. You are a true role model for your young and old.

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    AKangel

    over 3 years ago

    4972 Comments

    Thank you Mike Jones for your service, while you were just doing your job, you are considered a Hero in so many ways in your Community. Rock ON! Salvage Santa and Thanks for being a great Leo and model Citizen.

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    MickieD

    over 3 years ago

    20 Comments

    Bump Robocop33. Mike you are truly AWESOME. God Bless you for all you do!!!

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