ASIS to Posthumously Honor Buffalo Grocery Store Security Officer at GSX

Allied Universal Security Officer Aaron Salter, Jr., who was killed in the Tops Friendly Market mass shooting, is recipient of ASIS’ 2022 Ralph Day Memorial Security Award.

Santa Ana, California — ASIS International announced that the late Aaron Salter, Jr., an Allied Universal security professional and retired police officer who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting shoppers at the Tops Friendly Market during a mass shooting, is the recipient of the 2022 Ralph Day Memorial Security Officer Heroism Award. The award will be accepted by his son, Aaron Salter III, on September 13th at the 2022 Global Security Exchange Conference

Each year, one security officer is recognized by ASIS International, the world’s largest membership organization for security management professionals and host of the GSX Conference, for outstanding service/acts in the security profession through the Ralph Day Memorial Security Officer Heroism Award. This award is meant for those that perform a heroic act that involves circumstances where a private security officer risks his or her life to save their life to protect or save lives and/or property. The award nominee must be an employee of a contract security company employed as a security officer. This is the first time this award has been bestowed posthumously.

“We admire Aaron Salter, not just for his heroic actions in May, but for the heroic life he lived protecting and serving the community for over 30 years,” said Steve Jones, Global Chairman and CEO, Allied Universal.  “I have been inspired and proud to see the outpouring of support for Mr. Salter’s family from the Allied Universal team, the Buffalo Community and others.”

On May 14th, 2022, a mass shooting occurred at the Buffalo Tops Friendly store. Ten people, including Mr. Salter, were killed and three people were injured. When a gunman wearing tactical gear and armed with an assault rifle entered the grocery store, Mr. Salter confronted the attacker, firing multiple shots, one of which struck the 18-year-old attacker’s body armor.  Tragically, Mr. Salter was killed by return fire.  Mr. Salter is hailed as a hero by police officials, shoppers and colleagues for confronting the assailant and slowing the assault which gave time for others to move to safety.

Mr. Salter retired as a lieutenant from the Buffalo Police Traffic Division in 2018 after 30 years on the job and had worked for Allied Universal at the Tops Friendly Market post for seven years.  Mr. Salter was a musician who played bass guitar, loved cars and was a scientist who invented a car engine that could run on water via hydrogen electrolysis.

Aaron Salter III established a GoFundMe page in honor of his father to help his family with this unforeseen tragedy.

About Allied Universal

Allied Universal®, a leading security and facility services company, provides proactive security services and cutting-edge smart technology to deliver tailored, integrated security solutions that allow clients to focus on their core business. Through a global workforce of approximately 800,000 people, we leverage best practices in communities all over the world. With revenues at approximately $20 billion, we are supported by efficient processes and systems that can only come with scale to help deliver our promise locally: keeping people safe so our communities can thrive. We believe there is no greater purpose than serving and safeguarding customers, communities, and people in today’s world. Allied Universal is There for you®. For more information, please visit www.aus.com.

 

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Robin Hattersley Gray
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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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