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AROUND TOWN: Police Medal of Valor luncheon honors heroes who serve

By: Linda Navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com
November 8, 2013
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Medal of Valor honoree Sgt. Steve Noblitt with son Tyler and wife Laurie. 110413 Photo by Linda Navarro, The Gazette

Proud families were there: wives and husbands, mothers and fathers, the kids, significant others, aunts and uncles and even some childhood buddies.

They filled Broadmoor Hall on Monday, enjoying lunch and watching as their personal police heroes were honored at the 28th annual Medal of Valor luncheon given by the Police Foundation of Colorado Springs.

It was also a perfect opportunity to see up close the newest black and white vehicles that will soon be department regulation, explosives unit equipment, Zora the German shepherd bomb sniffer and gleaming motorcycles.

Officers John Harris and Eric Price received the top awards, the Medal of Honor, for gallantry and extraordinary heroism. The Police Cross was awarded to Officer Matthew Tyner, who died in the line of duty. A record 108 officers received the Medal of Valor and American flags for extraordinary heroism and courage during the Waldo Canyon fire in June 2012.

Jeremy Rice received a citizen's award for stopping a bus carrying more than a dozen students when the driver fell out of his seat and into the stairwell. Jeremy is a 10th grader at Colorado Springs Early Colleges.

Police Chief Peter Carey earned comic credentials accepting Mayor Steve Bach's first Mayor's Special Award for Outstanding Leadership, quipping that he would take it to his next job evaluation.

Awards for supporting the Police Foundation went to Taekwondo Master Sang Lee and Ent President/CEO Randy Bernstein.

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