2007–2008 Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor

Deputy Carl A. Beier
Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County, Missouri

On September 8, 2007, Deputy Carl Beier responded to a report of a violent disturbance at a rural residence in an unincorporated part of Jefferson County, Missouri. As Deputy Beier approached the house, an individual came outside, holding what appeared to be an AK-47 assault rifle, and began charging toward the deputy. Throughout the episode, Deputy Beier kept the 9-1-1 dispatch center and the other responding deputies informed of the situation, and actually ordered the deputies not to pull into the driveway, fearing that the man would ambush them. Deputy Beier, without regard for his own life, stood his ground while under continuous fire, incapacitated an enraged suspect, and protected lives.