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Leo Johnson of Washington, D.C., hailed as hero for actions during shooting at Family Research Council office, talks about decision to confront shooter Floyd Corkins of Herndon, Va.

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WASHINGTON D.C. (WUSA)-- Leo Johnson, the facility maintenance manager at the Family Research Council building, was honored Friday for his heroic actions during last month's shooting at the FRC offices.

Police say Floyd Corkins, 28, of Herndon, Va., walked into the FRC offices on August 15th and opened fire.

The gunman shot Johnson in the arm before Johnson was able to disarm him while police were responding.

Corkins, who is believed to have opposed the FRC's treatment of homosexuals and homosexuality, has pleaded not guilty to federal and local charges including a charge for assault with intent to kill. 

On Friday night Johnson said, "I realized what the situation was, and you know, I had to act or else there would have been lives lost", about his decision to confront the shooter. 

He received the award in front of a ballroom packed with people, and described the experience as being a " a tremendous honor."

As for his new title of hero, he said, "I'm not real comfortable with the whole hero thing...but I realize how big this was. So I can live with it for a little bit."

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