President Honors Heroes of Dayton and El Paso Mass Shootings
Six Dayton police officers receive nation's highest award of public safety.
President Donald Trump awarded commendations Monday to police officers and civilians who put their lives on the line in last month's back-to-back deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
Trump presented six Dayton police officers with the Medal of Valor -- the highest national honor given to US public safety officers reported CNN. "In the midst of such profound anguish, one memory fills us with hope," Trump said in his remarks in the White House East Room. "When evil showed its hideous face, Americans of all walks of life rose up -- and they did, they rose up -- they defied fear, they stared down death to protect the innocent. And stand tall they did just for righteous and for good." Nine people were killed. in Dayton.The officers confronted the shooter within 30 seconds and are credited with preventing more deaths.
"To each of you, we are in awe of your swift response, sterling professionalism, and rock-solid nerves of steel."
The Dayton police officers who received the Medal of Valor were Sgt. William Knight and Officers Brian Rolfes, Jeremy Campbell, Vincent Carter, Ryan Nabel and David Denlinger. They're receiving hometown praise on the City of Dayton's Facebook page.
The president also honored five civilians with heroic commendations for helping others when a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, killing 22. "In the darkest moments of despair, God called them into action and they put love of their neighbor above their life," Trump said.
The Medal of Valor is typically awarded once a year and had already been awarded this year. But Attorney General William Barr said that he made the exception to award the Dayton officers.
The Dayton officers were honored at city council last week.
(Images: City of Dayton Facebook page )