By Frank Miles
Published May 22, 2019
“Every officer, firefighter and first responder who receives this award embodies the highest ideals of service and sacrifice, character and courage,” Trump said during the White House ceremony.
Trump presented the award to a group of officers who responded to a shooting at a southern California polling place.
Eight men from the Azusa, Calif., police department were honored for placing themselves in danger and saving the lives of civilians and fellow officers during the shooting on Election Day 2016.
When they arrived at the polling place, a person was shooting from a house across the street from a park. An elderly woman had been killed and a man lay wounded on a sidewalk. Two vehicles had collided and a woman in one of the cars was critically injured. The shooter was eventually killed and the officers were credited for preventing other deaths and injuries.
The recipients from the Azusa, California police department were: Retired Lt. Xavier Torres; Sgt. Seth Chapman; retired Sgt. Terry Smith Jr.; Sgt. Thomas Avila III; Sgt. Rocky Wenrick; Cpl. Andrew Rodriguez Sr.; senior officer Carlos Plascencia; and detective Manuel Campos.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.