Entries in Honor (2)


Obama Honors Nation's Top Police Officers at White House

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama honored several dozen of the nation’s top law enforcement officials at the White House on Saturday, saying they “embody America at its best and at its bravest.”

“We know that when we need you most, you’ll be ready to dash into danger, to protect our lives, even if it means putting your lives on the line,” he said as the National Association of Police Organization’s TOP COPS Award recipients stood behind him during an event in the East Room of the White House. “That’s what these folks are all about. That’s what the men and women standing behind me have proven — their heart, their courage, their dedication.”

As he paid tribute to the nation’s top police officers, the president also pushed for “common-sense steps” on gun control to ensure the safety of those officers in the line of duty.

“We also need to take some common-sense steps that protect our rights, protect our children, protect officers in the line of duty by making it harder for dangerous criminals to get their hands on lethal weapons,’ he said.

Obama praised the work of law enforcement officials and first responders during the attacks and the ensuing investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings last month.

“Just a few weeks ago obviously in Boston, our entire country saw once again the strong stuff these men and women in uniform are made of. Police officers, first responders, who were running towards explosives, not knowing if there was something more on the way. Law enforcement from different agencies, from different parts of the country working together as one united team to identify suspects and bring them to justice,” he said. “And in a moment that few of us will ever forget, the citizens of Watertown, Massachusetts, lining the streets to cheer on and high-five and hug the officers as they’re heading home after a job well done.”

The honorees came from police departments from across the country — from Oak Creek, Wis., where police officers responded to the deadly shooting at the Sikh temple last summer, to New York City. The president highlighted several officers’ heroic acts, including that of Det. Ivan Marcano of the New York Police Department, who was off-duty and on a “date night” with his girlfriend when he was shot in the chest while trying to stop a burglary.

“He got out of his girlfriend’s car to stop them and was shot point blank in the chest, a bullet inches from his heart.  But his story doesn’t end there,” the president said. “As his girlfriend was driving him to the hospital, I’m sure not very happy with him, by total coincidence, they ran into the shooter’s getaway car.  So what does Det. Marcano do? He jumps out of the car, he’s been shot, keeps pressure on his chest with his left hand, holding a service weapon with his right, he runs after the suspects.  He took one of them down, which led to the capture of the others.

“He wasn’t on the clock when any of this happened.  This was his date night,” Obama added.

Since 1994, NAPO has honored some of the nation’s outstanding law enforcement officials who have gone beyond the call of duty with the annual TOP COPS Awards, which are to be officially presented Sunday during a ceremony in Washington.

As he praised the cops for their work, the president made a call for the country to take the time to thank those officers who risk their lives to protect them.

“When you see a police officer, you meet an officer’s family, let them know how much you appreciate it.  It’s the least we can do for the men and women who give us so much and help keep us safe,” he said.

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House Resolution Honors Heroes, Victims of Tucson Tragedy

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A resolution to be read on the House floor Wednesday will honor the victims of Saturday's mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, and will also single out a number of individuals for heroic action on the scene of Saturday's bloody rampage.

The text of the measure reads that "Representative Gabrielle Giffords was a target of this attack, and remains in critical condition at an Arizona hospital" and "condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific attack which occurred at the ‘Congress on your Corner’ event hosted by Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona, on January 8, 2011."

The resolution also honors each individual killed in the shooting, including Gabe Zimmerman, Giffords' congressional aide who was killed in the shooting.

"Whereas Gabriel Matthew Zimmerman, who was 30 years old and engaged to be married, served as Director of Community Outreach to Representative Gabrielle Giffords, and was a social worker before serving with Representative Giffords," the resolution reads.

The resolution also recognizes the heroic action of many attendees who sprung to action to stop suspected gunman Jared Loughner at the "Congress on Your Corner" event last Saturday.

"Whereas several of those in attendance at this event, including Patricia Maisch, Roger Sulzgeber, Joseph Zimudie, and Daniel Hernandez, Jr., helped apprehend the gunman and assist the injured, thereby risking their lives for the safety of others, and should be commended for their bravery," the resolution reads.

The measure also “applauds the bravery and quick thinking exhibited by those individuals who prevented the gunman from potentially taking more lives and helped to save those who had been wounded.”

The measure will be considered under a Unanimous Consent request and, at the request of House Republican leadership in consultation with Democratic leaders, likely will not have a recorded vote in order to enable members of Congress to travel to Tucson for a memorial service Wednesday.

There will also be an hour of debate set aside to discuss the resolution, affording individual members the opportunity to speak out about the tragedy.

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