President Donald Trump honored several brave Americans for their heroic actions during two mass shootings that recently struck the nation.
The president presented on Monday the Medal of Valor to six law enforcement officers who stopped a gunman within 32 seconds of the first gunshot during a shooting in Dayton, Ohio, on August 4. Additionally, five civilians were presented with the Certificate of Commendation for their actions in El Paso, Texas, where a gunman opened fire at a Walmart the day prior.
“These incredible patriots responded to the worst violence and most barbaric hatred with the best of American courage, character, and strength,” Trump said during Monday’s ceremony. “Faced with grave and harrowing threats, the men and women standing behind us stepped forward to save the lives of their fellow Americans.”
These @DaytonPolice officers were awarded the #MedalOfValor today by @POTUS for their recent acts of #bravery where they charged towards the gunfire to stop a violent killer. Thank you Mr. President for this well deserved recognition! #FOPPROUD pic.twitter.com/hcGKKbnjv1
— National FOP (@GLFOP) September 9, 2019
“Within 32 seconds of the start of the attack, these six officers ended the violent rampage and saved countless lives,” the president said in remark to the law enforcement officers, adding, “… To each of you, we are in awe of your swift response, sterling professionalism, and rock-solid nerves of steel.”
The Medal of Valor is the nation’s highest public safety award.
Those whose acts of bravery and selflessness were recognized by the president on Monday include Sgt. William Knight, Officers Brian Rolfes, Jeremy Campbell, Vincent Carter, Ryan Nabel, and David Denlinger. The civilians honored are Robert Evans, Gilbert Serna, Marisela Luna, Angelica Silva, and Chris Grant.
The president continued in recognizing the men and women who “answered the call” in responding quickly to the shootings:
“In the darkest moments of danger and despair, God calls the bravest to action. These 11 individuals answered the call. They stared down evil. They put love of neighbor above life itself. And we are blessed by their courage. We are honored by their presence. We are overwhelmed by their example. And we are forever inspired by the goodness of their hearts, the grace of their souls, and the enduring greatness of their deeds.”
Watch the full ceremony below:
Additionally, Attorney General William Barr offered remarks during the ceremony.
“It’s an honor to serve under a president who is so strongly a supporter of law enforcement and has the back of police officers and first responders,” Barr said.
Barr added, “For the people out in Dayton that night, these officers were the Thin Blue Line between life and death. The actions of these six officers show that while that line may be thin, it is very strong.”