DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) -- The sheriff's captain who served as the primary negotiator during a bunker standoff last year in Alabama is being honored for his role in the safe rescue of a young boy held hostage for nearly a week.
The Dothan Eagle reports FBI Director James B. Comey recently presented the FBI Medal for Meritorious Achievement to Houston County Sheriff's Capt. Bill Rafferty.
In January 2013, a gunman boarded a school bus demanding children, and then shot and killed the bus driver after he refused. One boy was kidnapped and kept for six days until FBI agents stormed the underground bunker and killed the suspect, 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes.
Officials say Rafferty established a rapport with Dykes, talking to him 12 hours a day while the FBI crafted a rescue plan.