President Trump on Tuesday presented the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to 12 “great heroes” who have risked “their lives to protect America’s citizens and communities.”
The award is the highest national honor a public safety officer — firefighters, law enforcement or emergency services officers — can receive, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Trump said the 12 officers awarded the honor on Tuesday have “earned an eternal place in the gratitude of our history and in our hearts.”
Officers who went “above and beyond the call of duty” in various emergency situations to protect human life received the honors Tuesday from the president, including those who jumped into action during a terror attack more than two years ago.
Fourteen people were killed and 22 others injured in December 2015 when a husband and wife went on a deadly shooting rampage in San Bernadino, California.
Six public safety officers who responded to the terror attack were awarded a Medal of Valor.
In February 2016, two officers, as Trump described, “braved smoke, fire, and the danger of explosion,”
when they responded to a fiery car wreck in Tennessee, rescuing one man who was trapped inside his vehicle.
A police chief in Kansas was awarded for his response to an active shooter alert in February 2016. During the shooting at a workplace with more than 150 employees on duty, the public safety officer
rushed to the rescue without any backup.
Fox News’ John Roberts contributed to this report.