He's being called a hero, but he says he was just doing what he was trained to do.
Copley Police officer Ben Campbell got the Congressional Badge of Bravery for his response to the August 2011 Copley mass shootings.
Officer Campbell credits his department's teamwork and training in dealing with active shooting situations...a change from how such situations used to be handled.
"A big shooting or a tragic event, and everyone was going 'don't be a hero, don't go in," Campbell told reporters after being presented the medal by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. "But from prior active shootings, we discovered that if the officer waits and waits for backup, more people are going to be killed."
Campbell says that training made his decision on the morning of August 11th a simple one.
"You know, I need to go in just like I'm trained, I need to 'go toward the bullets', so to speak," Campbell says. "But also, communicating with dispatch, letting my 'police army' know where I am so at some point they're going to flow into where I am, and I knew I'd have that."
Officer Campbell still can't fathom what happened on a quiet day in 2011 in Copley.
"I was probably more surprised than anybody to respond to a call like that," Campbell says. "Sometimes I just sit back and reflect, and I'm still shocked that it even happened."
Campbell received the Badge of Bravery, a medal presented to local law enforcement by Congress, at a Copley hotel on Monday.