We are proud to announce Officer Alan Horujko as our 2020 keynote speaker. Officer Horujko was presented with the 2019 Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, by President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr, at a White House ceremony. Officer Horujko took action to stop a violent car and knife attack on the Columbus campus in November 2016. The award for Horujko is the highest national award for valor presented to a public safety officer and is awarded to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life.
Alan will be presenting his keynote lecture on Monday, October 26, 2020 from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM, and will be offering a detailed case study of the events of November 28th during a 90-minute presentation on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 from 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM in the Irondog K9 International Classroom.
On November 28, 2016, a terrorist vehicle-ramming and stabbing attack occurred at 9:52 a.m. EST at Ohio State University’s Watts Hall in Columbus, Ohio. The attacker, Somali refugee Abdul Razak Ali Artan, was shot and killed by the first responding OSU police officer, Alan Horujko, and 13 people were hospitalized for injuries. Horujko shot and killed the assailant within a minute after the attack started.
Authorities began investigating the possibility of the attack being an act of terrorism. On the next day, law enforcement officials stated that Artan was inspired by terrorist propaganda from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the late radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. Amaq News Agency released a statement claiming the attacker responded to an ISIL call to attack coalition citizens.