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FSU Library Assistant Receives National Courage Award

Nathan Scott
Posted at 6:38 PM, Mar 23, 2015
and last updated 2016-01-22 08:07:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--A Florida State University library assistant receives a national award for his bravery when a gunman opened fire at Strozier Library back in November.

Nathan Scott will be recognized at the 2015 Paul Howard Award presentation in June in San Francisco.

He is the recipient of the American Library Association Paul Howard Award for Courage.

The $1000 award honors those who showed courage for the benefit of library programs or services.

Florida State University says his actions on November 20 likely saved the lives of others in the library during the shooting.

"Though wounded himself, Nathan Scott exhibited great courage and calm in the line of fire, and all of us at Florida State University are so grateful for his actions, which helped to protect hundreds of potential further victims in Strozier Library from harm," said FSU President John Thrasher. "He is indicative of the caring employees we have at FSU and a shining example of the dedication of university librarians across this nation."

University leaders say although he was shot in the leg, he still managed to alert others inside the library.