President Donald Trump will host a ceremony Tuesday for the Public Safety Medal of Valor Awards, the highest national honor for a public safety officer.
The awards are given each year to officers “who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life.”
In July, President Donald Trump gave the award to five officers who helped take down a gunman after he opened fire on an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball practice, where Republican lawmakers were preparing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game. Two of them — U.S. Capitol Police special agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey — were shot trying to subdue the shooter, who wounded several other people in the June attack, including Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La. Scalise returned to Congress in September.
“They not only saved my life but the lives of others,” he said of the officers.
Tuesday’s ceremony awarded the following officers, as detailed in this list provided by the Department of Justice:
- Corporals Rafael Ixco and Chad Johnson, Deputies Bruce Southworth and Shaun Wallen (San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department), and Officers Nicholas Koahou and Brian Olvera (San Bernardino Police Department), for their heroic efforts to end the 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.
- Sergeant William Buchanan (Avery County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina) and Emergency Medical Technician Sean Ochsenbein (Putnam County Rescue Squad, Tennessee) for rescuing a trapped driver from a burning car.
- Firefighter/Harbor Patrol Officer David Poirier Jr. (Redondo Beach Fire Department, California) is being honored for single-handedly rescuing three injured people from dangerous surf.
- Chief Douglas Schroeder (Hesston Police Department, Kansas) is being honored for ending a deadly workplace assault by a gunman.
- Engineer Stephen Gunn (Peoria Fire-Medical Department, Arizona) is being honored for rescuing a man from a burning house without regard for his own safety.
- Officer Andrew Hopfensperger Jr. (Antigo Police Department, Wisconsin) is being honored for saving many lives during a gunman’s assault on students at a prom.