Watch live: Trump presents Medal of Valor to Dayton officers who stopped mass shooter
Watch live: Trump presents Medal of Valor to Dayton officers who stopped mass shooter Watch live: Trump presents Medal of Valor to Dayton officers who stopped mass shooterGood morning, everybody and thank you for joining us today, I’d like to thank President Trump for hosting this ceremony, and, let me say it’s an honor to serve under a president who is Tso wrongly a supporter of law enforcement and has the back of police officers and First Responders, thank you, mr. president, we’re coming together to recognize the extraordinary actions of a 11 fellow citizens. The president has chosen to honor five civilians from Texas, who displayed extraordinary degree of care for their fellow man putting their own lives at risk. We also honor 6 police officers from Ohio who put themselves between a gun and a crowd of innocent civilians for the people out in Dayton. That night, these officers were The Thin Blue Line Between life and death, reactions that, while that line may be thin, it is very strong established in 2001. The medal of valor is our nation’s highest. Public safety award officers across Haitian are nominated by their peers, but only a handful are selected to receive this honor. Traditionally this process. However, the attorney-general to expand the total number of Giants, win, exceptional instances of Bravery arise, and so that’s what we did this year. In my eyes, and in the eyes of our nation, this special recognition is warranted. Valor is a word. We don’t I’m inly here. People can show courage and bravery confronting many different challenges in life, but Valor connotes a willing putting oneself in Mortal danger to protect others. We humans have a powerful instinct to flee from Peril. It takes a special kind of Courage, a deep sense of Duty and extraordinary character to overcome these impulses and for the sake of others, to run or the danger, and we thank God that on that horrible night in Dayton, we had men of these qualities as we Honor, the Valor of these men, we must recognize that we not take them and their brothers and sisters in law enforcement for granted serving is a police officer is the toughest job in our country and, as they put themselves on the line to keep us safe. They deserve our gratitude and support. We are grateful not just for the courage of these officers, but also have their families, and we salute those families here today you encounter long days and restless nights. Will you endure them for all of us, our very ability to live normal lives, to go to school, to go to work and to pursue our aspirations without fear is only because of your sacrifice. The brave actions of today’s honorees from Dayton and from El Paso should awaken in all of us a new dedication to service and selflessness on behalf of our canoe. So God bless our heroes and their families. And thank you, mr. president, for the opportunity to switch to express our appreciation today. Well, I want to thank the attorney-general’s for not only this today, but for doing an incredible job. Thank you very much appreciate it today, I’m honored to commute to the White House as we recognize 11 extraordinary American Heroes fees, incredible Patriots responded to the worst violence and most barbaric hatred with the best of American courage, character and strength with grave and harrowing threats. The men and women standing behind us stepped forward to save the lives of their fellow Americans. Few people could have done and even would have done what they did in a few moments. I will Ford 6 police officers from Dayton, Ohio with our nation’s highest public safety award, the medal of valor. I will also honor five Americans from El Paso Texas, with certificate of commendation. Recognize can be civilians who displayed tremendous bravery. The light from these Intrepid Souls defied the darkness and confronted the most Sinister danger. Would you all please join me in expressing our cheapest gratitude and highest admiration to these unbelievably exceptional Americans. Thank you. We’Re also joined by Senator John cornyn and several members of my cabinet, and I want to thank you all for being here Jon. Thank you very much, most importantly, to the ways of Our Heroes. You understand better than anyone the difference, your loved ones, that made in the lives of so many Americans. We treasure you and we really do. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts again. Thank you very much right. You up one to go America, witness horror beyond belief on Saturday August 3rd, at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, the Solace and bigoted monster killed 22 innocent people and woo 27. Others happened very quickly. It was a racist attack motivated by pure evil hatred. The next day in Dayton, Ohio, a vile and wicked murderous Hill, nine lives and in 34 others are nation, is shocked and in Rage by these inhuman and sadistic acts of Bloodshed. We fail to comprehend how any person could be so warped by malice and contempt. My heart breaks for the families who lost precious loved ones and every American Graves for those who were so cruelly taken from us and the midst of such profound anguish. One memory fills us with hope: Evo showed its hideous face. Americans of all walks of life swirl rose up and they did, they rose up. They defied fear they stare down death to protect the innocent and stand tall. You did just for righteous and for good. Several days after the shootings, the first lady and I visited both cities, we met with First Responders Hospital staff, survivors and Families. We will never forget the unity and love, we saw those communities and that those hospitals – it was incredible. In Ohio, I had the privilege of meeting the six State and police officers who, without a moment’s hesitation, immediately and courageously engaged as a gunman, ending his attack and rescuing countless Lives who knew and who can even understand how many lives would have been take. If they didn’t act so quickly, just after 1 a.m. on August 4th these officers were patrolling the streets of downtown Dayton when the killer open fire into an innocent crap. The shooter continued firing as he ran down a sidewalk packed with people Sergeant William night was stationed in his Cruiser about 150 feet away. He heard the gunfire jumped out of his car and quickly returned fire. Meanwhile, officer Brian ralphus ran directly towards the shooter and into the onslaught of incoming bullets. Then offices, erby, Campbell, Vincent Carter, Ryan, Abel and David denlinger moved in engaging the shooter at close-range, calling upon years of training in the span of an instant millions of them. American saw the video footage of these offices charging forward in the midst of chaos and constant fire without a thought for their own safety. They stood Square to the Target, executed their mission and brought down the murderers with Precision gunfire. It was just before that Maniac was ready to enter a very crowded restaurant and bar within 32 seconds of the start of the attack. These six officers ended the violent Rampage and saved countless lives. Today, it is my immense honor to award the medal of valor to those law enforcement Heroes. Sorry, William Knight and officers, Bryan, ralphus, Jeremy Campbell, Vincent Carter, Ryan, a bell and David denlinger to each of you. We are in all of your Swift response, Sterling professionalism and Rock Solid nerves of Steel on behalf of our entire nation. We thank you for your remarkable and heroic actions in the line of duty, and we just thank you so much what a great job you’ve done. Thank you very much pleased today. We are also honoring five American to risk their lives to save others. During the brutal attack at the Walmart in El Paso, Texas, Walmart store manager, Robert Evans was outside the store entrance when he heard the gunman fired his first shot. Robert instantly alerted employees of the active shooter. He saw the killer heading towards the store, so he raced inside and directed customers for the nearest emergency exit, helping hundreds escape to safety, credible Robert. You exemplify Noble leadership and selfless service. Thank you very much. Robert Wright Walmart employee, Gilbert Serna heard Roberts alert over the radio immediately without hesitation, guided dozens of Shoppers to Refuge through a rear exit, boosting some people over a 12 ft wall and hiding others in shipping containers. So smart. To think that who would think of that? Under these circumstances, 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 their Gilbert, your unwavering resolve and Spires. That’S all. Thank you very much. Gilbert great job. Ok, Maricela Luna was managing the McDonald’s inside the Walmart when murder burst into the entrance. She quickly gathered customers from the lobby and led them to refrigerators and other hiding places, shielding them from the shooters line-of-sight thank-you Maricela for racing to rescue others from grave danger. Thank you very much. Mcdonald’S supervisor, Angelika silver was working at another location when she got of the active shooting she drove straight to the scene. To check on her employees upon arriving Angelica saw two people in the parking lot, who were very, very badly wounded. She alerted First Responders and help save the life of one of those severely injured victims Angelica, we thank God. You were there. Thank you very much. Thank you. Chris Grant was picking out snacks for his kids when he suddenly saw the murder of firing at Anderson. Shop is a few miles away from him. Chris grabbed, listen to soda bottles and anything else in front of him and began hurling them at the gunmen, distracting him from the other Shoppers and causing the shooter to turn toward Chris and fire at Chris, whereby Chris suffered two very serious gunshot wounds. But he is recovering well and we wish him the best his family is here. So please thank Chris for us play. Think of that in the darkest moments of danger and despair, God calls the bravest to action. These 11 individuals answer call they stare down evil. They put love of neighbor above life itself and we are blessed by their courage. We are honored by their presents. We are overwhelmed by their example and we are forever in Spa right by the goodness of their hearts. The grace of their souls and the enduring greatness of their deeds to every one of the heroes we recognize today. Thank you and God bless you all. Thank you very much celebrating now. I would like to ask the military aid to come forward and read the citations place. The medal of valor is presented to the following individuals for their bravery and composure in the face of an armed, assailant intent on the murder of innocent civilians in Dayton, Ohio on August 4th to 19. There, quick and decisive actions in the face of extreme danger neutralize the gunman within seconds protecting the lives of hundreds of people Sergeant, William Knight officer, Brian R office officer, Jeremy, Campbell officer, Vincent Carter, officer, Ryan, DeBell officer, David denlinger. What the medal of valor recipients? Please take your seats and the certificate of commendation recipients. Please join the president on stage the certificate of commendation is present. The following individuals were acting selflessly and fearlessly to save hundreds from a hateful gunman who opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso Texas on August 3rd 2019. Each of these courageous civilians could’ve escaped to safety during the massacre instead put their own lives in Jeopardy. To help their neighbors find refuge and access desperately needed medical attention. Miss Robert Evans, Mister Gilbert, Serna, Miss Marcella, Luna message: Angelica Silva, accepting on behalf of her son Chris Grant Miss Minnie Grant with the medal of valor recipients. Please join the present on stage for one last group photo. Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats. Has the president the parts the Eastwood? Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats as the recipients of the medal of valor and heroic commendations have Departed. The East room: President Trump awards the Medal of Valor and Heroic Commendations to six police officers who stopped the mass shooting gunman in Dayton, Ohio, on August 4th.
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Watch live: Trump presents Medal of Valor to Dayton officers who stopped mass shooter