It was just another hot summer day for Vic Stacy, but all that changed with a phone call from a neighbor at the Peach House RV Park. The events that unfolded on July 29, 2012, led the Brown County Sheriff’s Office to present Stacy with a Certificate of Valor during commissioners' court Monday morning.
“We will never now how many lives Vic saved that day,” Brown County Sheriff Bobby Grubbs said. “This is a classical example of why we need our Second Amendment.”
After presenting the honor to Stacy, the commissioners, along with Early Police Chief David Mercer, showed their appreciation for Stacy by shaking his hand and thanking him again for his actions.
“We are very grateful he stepped up and helped,” Early Police Chief David Mercer said. “We all had a good outcome that day. Thank you so much.”
Call that changed everything
?Stacy recalls watching the first Rambo movie, “First Blood” that Sunday and hearing four shots outside, but saw nothing when he looked outside. He figured someone was getting some practice by the nearby tank. Shortly after, Stacy’s phone started to ring.
“He told me, ‘Get your gun and get over here quick. I have a dead body in my yard,’” Stacy said. “Thinking he was joking with me, I replied well, I have four or five laying here in my yard.”
Shortly after, Stacy realized his neighbor wasn’t joking. He quickly hung up the phone and grabbed his gun and went to his neighbor's RV.
“Even though I had an AR15 by my recliner and a Colt 5 on the wall, I just automatically grabbed the pistol,” Stacy said. “I thought — why do I need a gun for?”
Stacy start walking toward his neighbor’s RV when he saw Charles Conner walk out of his RV with a rifle in his hand.
“I thought, my gosh did he go off the wall,” Stacy said. “When I got to my neighbor’s yard, he pointed to where David was.”
While he made his way to the front of his neighbor’s RV, Stacy saw the body of Iris Valentina Calaci laying in front of Connor’s RV. Stacy continued to look for Connor from his position and shortly after heard sirens.
“Sgt. Means was maybe about 40 feet from him [Connor] when he tried to get out of his car,” Stacy said. “As soon as he got out of that car, Charlie just started shooting towards him but he never did hit him.”
After observing the scene, Stacy noticed right away that Sgt. Steven Means could not get to Connor from the position he was stationed and began to decide whether he should assist. Although he was 166 feet away, Stacy knew he needed to do something.
“The last thing I saw before I pulled the trigger was a young man who probably had a wife and kids,” Stacy said. “If he [Connor] killed him that day, his kids will grow up without their dad.”
Thinking Conner had the advance on Means, Stacy took his position and started to fire towards Conner. Shortly after firing towards him, Conner stopped firing at Means and started firing at Stacy.
“I saw him throw another shell in the rifle and he turned around and shot at me,” Stacy said. “It didn’t hit anywhere close to me, but it did knock some rocks around the RV which scattered and hit me.”
As the exchange continued, Stacy was able to hit Conner in the thigh, which gave Means the opportunity to gain a better position on Conner and take control of the scene.
Looking back, Stacy knows he did the right thing that Sunday afternoon and has put those events behind him.
“I’ve shot guns all my life,” Stacy said. “When you pull on a human being — it’s a different story. I feel like I did help him [Means] and if I had to do it again, I would help out anyone I can in a deal like that. No regrets.”