Medal of Valor Awarded to Officers Who Responded to San Bernardino Terrorist Attack

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<p>Redlands Police Officer Joseph Aguilar was recognized and honored Monday, September 12, 2016 in Sacramento, CA. by California Governor Jerry Brown and California Attorney General Kamala Harris as a recipient of the 2015 Governor's Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor. (Photo: Facebook)</p>

Six officers who responded to the San Bernardino shooting massacre in December were among those awarded the Medal of Valor in California on Monday, reports the Los Angeles Times.

California Gov. Jerry Brown and Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris presented the medals, the highest honor California awards to public safety officials, to eight officers in a ceremony at the Capitol.

“You and your families give so much to your state and your country,” Harris, who is running for U.S. Senate, told the officers at the ceremony. “Through their sacrifice, their courage, and their bravery, [the officers] did everything that was important and needed to be done for homeland security.”

Redlands Police Department Officer Joseph Aguilar; San Bernardino police Officers Brian Olvera and Nicholas Koahou; and Deputy Bruce Southworth and Cpls. Rafael Ixco and Chad Johnson of the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department were all honored for their roles in a firefight with the two San Bernardino shooters after the terrorist attack at a San Bernardino government building that left 14 dead and 22 wounded.

California Highway Patrol Officer Brett Peters was also honored for saving a man who tried to jump off an overpass in Oakland, CA.

 

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