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Late SC police officer, Sanford native's parents presented military medals

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Josephine and Ronald Potts can’t hold back their emotion as they look upon their daughter's 14 military staff medals.

“I love you, I’m proud of you, you were a strong person and I’m going to miss you very much,” Josephine Potts said.

Their daughter, Stacy Case, was a police officer, killed on the job last November in South Carolina.

“Happy and proud, and sad all in one,” Josephine Potts said.

Case was a Sanford native, who was also a staff sergeant in the Army, where she served for 15 years.

Case's parents were presented with the medals by U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar.

“It represents the finest in our community, someone who grows up here, has those character and values instilled,” Moolenaar said. “And really lives it out in a life of service for others and our country.”

Case’s parents told us she had a lot of humility. They didn't even know about many of the medals she received.

“But I know people respected her. And she's a good role model for anyone who wanted to look up to her,” Josephine Potts said.

Her mother said before she left for the Army, she remembers a story about Case that reflects her loyalty, but also sense of fun rebellion.

“When she went to Iraq, I sent with her an angel in your pocket, little medal,” Josephine Potts said. “And she wasn't supposed to have it on her. But she carried it in her boot anyway, every day.”

Moolenaar said, “Someone who acts courageously, but also had a wonderful sense of humor and enriched the lives of everyone around them.”

Case's parents said they have a case they will put the numerous medals in, look at it every day, and remember her life.

“I'm proud. She became the person I taught her to be. Fight for what you believe in,” Josephine Potts said.

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