Dayton officers who stopped shooter receive Medal of Valor from President Trump – 10TV

Dayton officers who stopped shooter receive Medal of Valor from President Trump - 10TV

Trump awards Medal of Valor to Dayton police officers, commendations to El Paso first responders

President Trump presents Dayton officers with Medal of Valor, El Paso civilians with Heroic Commendation.

President Trump on Monday presented the nation's award highest award for public safety to six Dayton police officers who responded to last month’s mass shooting in the Ohio city that left nine people dead and more than two dozen injured.

Appearing alongside Attorney General William Barr, the president presented the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to the officers who first responded to the Aug. 4 mass shooting in a crowded downtown Dayton entertainment district. The officers confronted the shooter within 30 seconds, a swift response credited with preventing more deaths.

Betts wore a mask, bullet-proof vest and hearing protection and brandished a semi-automatic pistol modified with a long barrel and an extended-capacity drum magazine, capable of holding up to 100 rounds, Dayton police officials have said.

Video: Watch live: Trump presents Medal of Valor to Dayton officers who stopped mass shooter

“There are few people who could have done, and would have done, what these police officers did,” Trump said from the White House’s East Room. “To each of you, we are in awe of your swift response, sterling professionalism, and rock-solid nerves of steel.”

The officers who were able to stop the August 4th mass shooting in our city were honored tonight by Mayor Whaley and City Commissioners who all thanked these six men for their actions. #DaytonStrong pic.twitter.com/1PhPfpGgs7

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.

According to authorities, 24-year-old Connor Betts shot 26 people in the span of 32 seconds before Knight returned fire after hearing the gunshots from his police cruiser. The five other officers rushed toward the gunman and prevented him from continuing his rampage.

The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor is the highest decoration for bravery exhibited by public safety officers in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Video: Dayton officers honored with Medal of Valor

“These officers were the thin blue line between life and death,” Barr said. “We thank God on that horrible night in Dayton we had men with these qualities.”

DAYTON, Ohio (FOX19) – First responders to the mass shooting in Dayton last month received the Medal of Valor from President Donald Trump on Monday at the White House.

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The president also honored the heroism of five civilians with heroic commendations for having helped others as a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people and wounding others.

The six Dayton officers engaged and killed the shooter in less than 30 seconds, preventing what could have been many more deaths, police and city officials have said.

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Calling the shooter “soulless and bigoted” and the attack “racist,” Trump went on to praise the civilians who put their lives in danger to help save others when the gunman began his shooting inside the Walmart.

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“In the darkest moments of despair, God called them into action and they put love of their neighbor above their life,” Trump said. “We are forever inspired by their goodness and the grace of their deeds.”

Trump also awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to six officers who responded to the Aug. 3 mass shooting in Dayton. Nine people were killed and more than two dozen were wounded in the early morning attack in a bustling entertainment district.

TODAY: Dayton officers who stopped mass shooter to receive Medal of Valor from President Trump

The commendations were granted to Robert Evans, who notified store employees of the shooting; Gilbert Serna, who guided customers to the back entrance during the shooting and hid them in shipping containers; Marisela Luna, who guided customers near the store’s lobby; Angelica Silva, who helped save the lives of wounded victims; and Chris Grant, who was wounded when he threw soda bottles at the shooter to district him.

“These incredible patriots responded to the worst violence and most barbaric hatred with the best of American courage character and strength,” Trump said at the White House on Monday as he shared a stage in the East Room with the 11 men and women.

Video: Trump presents Medal of Valor to officers who confronted Dayton shooter

“To the families of the heroes, you understand the difference your loved ones made in lives,” Trump said. “We thank you from bottom of our hearts.”

“A lot of people would just run for their lives. He cleared out the back area of the store a minute before the shooter got there. Gilbert, your unwavering resolve inspires us all,” the president told Serna.

Video: Trump presents Medal of Valor to officers who confronted Dayton shooter

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The pair of shootings in August – followed by another one in Texas weeks later – has sparked renewed national discussion of gun control.

In the days after the shootings, which happened within 24 hours of each other, Trump signaled he was open to proposals for new background checks, saying "there is a great appetite" for such measures. But within days, following a call with NRA president Wayne LaPierre, Trump abruptly changed his tone and said background checks would not have helped.

Trump's comments were reminiscent of his wavering last year, when he vowed to support background checks in the wake of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, only to relent after receiving pressure from the NRA.

This time there seems to be more sustained momentum to produce some sort of measure after Trump asked aides to pull together a comprehensive list of ideas. White House officials have been meeting with lawmakers and congressional staff as they try to formulate a plan Trump can support without risking fallout from his political base.

President Trump on Monday presented the Medal of Valor to police officers who responded to the Dayton, Ohio, shooting last month, and honored civilians who responded to the scene at the shooting that same weekend in El Paso, Texas. 

President Trump presenting Medal of Valor to Dayton officers

The Medal of Valor is the highest honor bestowed on public safety officers, recognizing extraordinary actions by firefighters, law enforcement or emergency medical services personnel to save or protect human lives.

“These incredible patriots responded to the worst violence and most barbaric hatred with the best of American courage, character and strength. Faced with grave and harrowing threats to men and women standing behind us stepped forward to save the lives of their fellow Americans,” the president said. 


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