On December 12, 2007, President George W. Bush and Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey awarded five distinguished public safety officers the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor during a ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House.
The Medal of Valor is the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer honoring heroic action performed above and beyond the call of duty. The five honorees are from the Nation’s law enforcement, firefighting, and emergency services.
“In a line of work where courageous acts can be part of one’s daily duties, these extraordinary men set themselves apart through deeds of incredible self-sacrifice,” said Attorney General Mukasey. “The honor we confer upon these brave individuals with the Medal of Valor reflects the gratitude of an entire Nation.”
The recipients of the 2005?2006 Medal of Valor are Kevin Howland of Citrus Heights, California; David Loving of Mechanicsville, Virginia; Todd Myers of Simsbury, Connecticut; Brian Rothell of Richmond, Virginia; and Kirk Van Orsdel of Hemet, California. (Mr. Rothell was not able to attend and is not in the photo on the left. )
The Medal of Valor, authorized by the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Act of 2001, is awarded by the President of the United States to public safety officers cited by the Attorney General. Public safety officers are nominated by the chief executives of their employing agencies and recommended by the Medal of Valor Review Board.
Additional information about the award, the design and image of the Medal of Valor, the board members, and the nomination process can be found on the Office of Justice Programs Web site.