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Fallen Officer Bryan S. Hurst (Columbus, OH)

Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor

On January 6, 2005, Officer Bryan S. Hurst of the Columbus, Ohio, Police Department was working uniformed special duty at a bank when a masked gunman entered. Hurst and the gunman exchanged fire, which wounded the suspect in the arm and the hand. The gunman managed to lean over the teller's counter, which Hurst was using for cover, and shot him in the chest just above his body armor. In spite of receiving a mortal wound, Hurst maneuvered around the counter and fired at the suspect before he collapsed. Authorities apprehended the gunman several days later when he sought medical attention at a hospital in Washington, D.C. Officer Hurst's quick action, exceptional courage, and persistence protected the lives of the many people at the bank.

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Date Published: September 10, 2020