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2016 - 2017 Medal of Valor Awardees

Watch the White House Medal of Valor Ceremony held on September 9, 2019

  1. Sergeant William Knight, and Officers Brian Rolfes, Jeremy Campbell, Vincent Carter, Ryan Nabel and David Denlinger, Dayton Police Department (Ohio)

On May 22, 2019, President Donald Trump and Attorney General William P. Barr awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to personnel who exhibited exceptional courage in saving and protecting others and whose heroic actions were above and beyond the call of duty.

Watch the White House Medal of Valor Ceremony held on May 22, 2019.

Learn about the awardees:

  1. Fallen Officer Sergeant Verdell Smith Sr. (City of Memphis Police Department, Tennessee) is being honored for giving his own life to save the lives of civilians in the path of a driver speeding recklessly through a crowd.
  2. Fallen Officer Brent Thompson (Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, Texas) is being honored for giving his life while engaging a deadly mass shooter and saving the lives of countless civilians and fellow officers during a protest march.
  3. Lieutenant Xavier Torres, Retired; Sergeants Seth Chapman, Terry Smith Jr., Retired; Thomas Avila III and Rocky Wenrick; Corporal Andrew Rodriguez Sr. Retired; and Senior Officer Carlos Plascencia (Azusa Police Department, California) and Detective Manuel Campos (Irwindale Police Department, California) are being honored for placing themselves in mortal danger and saving the lives of civilians and fellow officers during a mass shooting incident on Election Day, 2016.
  4. University Law Enforcement Officer Alan Horujko of The Ohio State University Police Division is being honored for risking his life to save the lives of several civilians from a driver who sped through a crowd and then emerged from his car to attack pedestrians with a knife.
  5. Senior Trooper Nicholas Cederberg (Oregon State Police) is being honored for placing himself in the line of fire and suffering life-threatening injuries in order to bring a murderer to justice.
  6. Fire Captain Dustin Moore and Firefighter Paramedic Andrew Freisner (Lenexa Fire Department, Kansas) are being honored for risking their lives to rescue a family from a burning apartment building.