IACP/PARADE Magazine Police Officer of the Year Receives Medal of Valor

The IACP/PARADE Magazine Police Officer of the Year for 2009, Officer Pedro Garcia III of the San Antonio, Texas Police Department, was recently presented the Public safety Officer Medal of Valor by Vice President Joseph Biden.

Garcia won Police Officer of the Year for a heroic and selfless act. Quick thinking and daring action by Officer Pedro Garcia saved the lives of two badly wounded fellow officers in a shootout with a crazed gunman firing at them with an AK-47 assault rifle from a southside residence a year ago September. First, Officer Garcia lay down a covering fire from the backyard of the two-story structure, forcing the assailant to take cover, while other officers dragged the wounded man to safety. Garcia then charged across an open space, exposing himself to gunfire, in order reach a vulnerable female officer who had been shot in the back. Officer Garcia called to another officer to ram a fence gate with a patrol car and open a path so he could throw the wounded woman over his shoulder and carry her to safety.

Read more from the White House Press Office here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/22/background-todays-medal-valor-ceremony