Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor

Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor

Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor
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Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder today awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to 18 public safety officers who exhibited exceptional courage in saving and protecting others and whose heroic actions were above and beyond the call of duty.

“This year’s Medal of Valor recipients have fearlessly responded to desperate cries for help – courageously risking their own lives to secure innocent victims, protect fellow officers, and end deadly assaults,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “These extraordinary public servants have distinguished themselves by going above and beyond the call of duty. And today, I am honored to join Vice President Biden in bestowing one of our nation’s most prestigious decorations on each of these heroes.”

The Medal of Valor, authorized by the Public Safety 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 chiefs or directors of their employing agencies and recommended by the Medal of Valor Review Board. The Attorney General has designated the department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) to serve as the federal point of contact for the Medal of Valor initiative. OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), led by Director Denise E. O’Donnell, administers the Medal of Valor initiative.

“We recognize 18 extraordinary individuals for their quick thinking, selflessness and exceptional courage,” said Office of Justice Program Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary Lou Leary. “They are law enforcement, corrections officers, and firefighters who went beyond the call of duty to risk – and in some cases, to give – their lives for their fellow citizens and colleagues.”

“The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor is the highest national award for valor awarded to a public safety officer,” said Bureau of Justice Assistance Director, Denise E. O’Donnell. “BJA is proud to administer a program which serves to recognize the exceptionally brave actions of individuals who have given selflessly in order to protect citizens and communities throughout our nation.”

Including today’s awardees, a total of 78 medals have been presented since the first recipients were honored in 2003. More information about the award and today’s recipients, the Medal of Valor Review Board members, and the nomination process is on the OJP website at: www.ojp.usdoj.gov/medalofvalor .

 Background on Medal of Valor Ceremony

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Recipients of the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor:

Officer Julie Olson, Maplewood Police Department, Minn.

Officer Reeshemah Taylor, Osceola County Corrections Department, Fla.

Wildlife Officer Michael Neal, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Officer Sean Haller and Officer Rafael Rivera, California Highway Patrol

Trooper Robert Lombardo and fallen Trooper Joshua Miller, Pennsylvania State Police

Firefighter Peter Demontreux, New York City Fire Department

Firefighter Hope Scott and Captain William Reynolds, Virginia Beach Fire Department, Va.

Deputy Sheriff Krista McDonald, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Wash.

Officers Timothy McClintick, Max McDonald, Douglas Weaver, Sergeant Karl Lounge Jr. and fallen Sergeant Thomas Baitinger, St. Petersburg Police Department, Fla.

Fallen Deputies William Stiltner and Cameron Justus, Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, Va.

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Vice President Biden Honors Public Safety Officers with Medal of Valor

Colleen Curtis February 20, 2013 06:11 PM EST

Vice President Joe Biden today recognized 18 public safety officers for exhibiting exceptional courage in a Medal of Valor ceremony at the White House. The Medal of Valor is the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer, and it is bestowed on those whose heroic actions were above and beyond the call of duty.

The Vice President, who was joined by Attorney General Eric Holder, highlighted the bravery of the men and women who were being honored, and paid tribute to the spouses of the recipients who had lost their lives in the line of duty. He also talked about the special qualities that are unique to those who put themselves in danger to save others:

“My association with firefighters and police has been… the essence of my public life. And as many of these things that I do, I still grapple with what makes you do what you do? I’m just thankful that you do.

You can’t explain it, but you know it when you see it. I see it in the shield over someone’s heart. I see it in the men and women who are sitting here before us today…Thank God for you. You’re from different backgrounds, but you’re the glue that literally binds communities together at times of stress. You’re that face that shows up for a woman on the second floor of a burning building just when she thinks it’s all over for her… The amazing thing about all of you is that the very things you do when you’re on duty to save people’s lives, you do when you’re off duty. There’s no separation.”

Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the Medal of Valor Awards Ceremony

Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs Mary Lou Leary Speaks at the Medal of Valor Awards Ceremony

 

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  1. CR says:

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    Thursday, February 21, 2013

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      Vice President Biden Honors Public Safety Officers with Medal of Valor

      Colleen Curtis February 20, 2013 06:11 PM EST

      Vice President Joe Biden today recognized 18 public safety officers for exhibiting exceptional courage in a Medal of Valor ceremony at the White House. The Medal of Valor is the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer, and it is bestowed on those whose heroic actions were above and beyond the call of duty.

      The Vice President, who was joined by Attorney General Eric Holder, highlighted the bravery of the men and women who were being honored, and paid tribute to the spouses of the recipients who had lost their lives in the line of duty. He also talked about the special qualities that are unique to those who put themselves in danger to save others:

      “My association with firefighters and police has been… the essence of my public life. And as many of these things that I do, I still grapple with what makes you do what you do? I’m just thankful that you do.

      You can’t explain it, but you know it when you see it. I see it in the shield over someone’s heart. I see it in the men and women who are sitting here before us today…Thank God for you. You’re from different backgrounds, but you’re the glue that literally binds communities together at times of stress. You’re that face that shows up for a woman on the second floor of a burning building just when she thinks it’s all over for her… The amazing thing about all of you is that the very things you do when you’re on duty to save people’s lives, you do when you’re off duty. There’s no separation.”

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      February 20, 2013

      Background on Medal of Valor Ceremony

      On Wednesday, February 20, 2013, the Vice President will host a Medal of Valor ceremony with Attorney General Eric Holder. The Vice President and Attorney General will deliver remarks at this ceremony. Below is background information on the Medal of Valor and the recipients of the Medal at Wednesday’s ceremony.

      Watch this event live on Wednesday at 1:30 PM ET at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

      THE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER MEDAL OF VALOR:

      The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, authorized by the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Act of 2001, is the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer. The medal is awarded to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life. Including today’s awardees, a total of 78 medals have been presented since the first recipients were honored in 2003.

      To receive the Medal of Valor, public safety officers must be nominated by the chief executive officer of their employing agencies, recommended by the bipartisan Medal of Valor Review Board, and cited by the Attorney General. The Attorney General designated Mary Lou Leary, Acting Assistant Attorney General in the Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), to serve as the Federal point of contact for the Medal of Valor initiative. OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), led by Director Denise E. O’Donnell, assists in overseeing the Medal of Valor initiative.

      More information about the award, the Medal of Valor Review Board members, and the nomination process is available at: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/medalofvalor.

      RECIPIENTS OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER MEDAL OF VALOR:

      2009-2010 Medal of Valor Recipients:

      Officer Julie Olson, Maplewood Police Department, Minnesota

      Officer Reeshemah Taylor, Osceola County Corrections Department, Florida

      Wildlife Officer Michael Neal, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas

      Officer Sean Haller & Officer Rafael Rivera
      California Highway Patrol, California

      Trooper Robert Lombardo & Fallen Trooper Joshua Miller
      Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

      2010-2011 Medal of Valor Recipients:

      Firefighter Peter Demontreux, New York City Fire Department, New York

      Firefighter Hope Scott & Battalion Chief William Reynolds
      Virginia Beach Fire Department, Virginia

      Deputy Sheriff Krista McDonald, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Washington

      Officer Timothy McClintick
      Officer Max McDonald
      Officer Douglas Weaver
      Sergeant Karl Lounge Jr.
      Fallen Sergeant Thomas Baitinger
      Saint Petersburg Police Department, Florida

      Fallen Deputy Cameron Justus & Fallen Deputy William Stiltner
      Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/02/20/background-medal-valor-ceremony

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      February 20, 2013 ojp

      Vice President Biden and Attorney General Holder Honor 18 Public Safety Officers with Medal of Valor
      Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder today awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to 18 public safety officers who exhibited exceptional courage in saving and protecting others and whose heroic actions were above and beyond the call of duty.

      “This year’s Medal of Valor recipients have fearlessly responded to desperate cries for help – courageously risking their own lives to secure innocent victims, protect fellow officers, and end deadly assaults,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “These extraordinary public servants have distinguished themselves by going above and beyond the call of duty. And today, I am honored to join Vice President Biden in bestowing one of our nation’s most prestigious decorations on each of these heroes.”

      The Medal of Valor, authorized by the Public Safety 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 chiefs or directors of their employing agencies and recommended by the Medal of Valor Review Board. The Attorney General has designated the department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) to serve as the federal point of contact for the Medal of Valor initiative. OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), led by Director Denise E. O’Donnell, administers the Medal of Valor initiative.

      “We recognize 18 extraordinary individuals for their quick thinking, selflessness and exceptional courage,” said Office of Justice Program Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary Lou Leary. “They are law enforcement, corrections officers, and firefighters who went beyond the call of duty to risk – and in some cases, to give – their lives for their fellow citizens and colleagues.”

      For more: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/February/13-ag-213.html

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    Biden to talk guns in Connecticut

    2/15/13 6:12 PM EST By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

    Vice President Joe Biden is heading to Connecticut next week to continue the administration’s push for gun control.

    The White House says he will deliver remarks Thursday at a gun-violence conference hosted by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D.-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.).

    The conference will be in Danbury, about 12 miles from Newtown, Conn.

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    Introducing the 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll

    Published on Feb 21, 2013

    Don’t miss out! The lottery for the 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll runs from February 21st – 25th, at 10am. Enter the lottery and get more information on souvenir wooden eggs at Rec.Gov

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    Obama Rated at 3-Year High in Poll, Republicans at Bottom

    By Mike Dorning – Feb 20, 2013 5:00 PM PT

    President Barack Obama enters the latest budget showdown with Congress with his highest job- approval rating in three years and public support for his economic message, while his Republican opponents’ popularity stands at a record low.

    Fifty-five percent of Americans approve of Obama’s performance in office, his strongest level of support since September 2009, according to a Bloomberg National poll conducted Feb. 15-18. Only 35 percent of the country has a favorable view of the Republican Party, the lowest rating in a survey that began in September 2009. The party’s brand slipped six percentage points in the last six months, the poll shows.

    Americans by 49 percent to 44 percent believe Obama’s proposals for government spending on infrastructure, education and alternative energy are more likely to create jobs than Republican calls to cut spending and taxes to build business confidence and spur employment.

    “The Republicans are not offering any new solutions,” said poll respondent Cynthia Synos, 62, a political independent who lives in the St. Louis suburb of Greendale, Missouri. “Their answer is always tax cuts and incentives for business. I’ve never heard them say anything innovative to spark the economy that would help the other 85, 90 percent of people that have to deal with the economy as it is.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-21/obama-rated-at-3-year-high-in-poll-republicans-at-bottom.html

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    Consumer Price Index

    Released On 2/21/2013 8:30:00 AM For Jan, 2013

    Prior Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    CPI – M/M change 0.0 % 0.1 % 0.0 % to 0.4 % 0.0 %
    CPI less food & energy 0.1 % 0.2 % 0.1 % to 0.2 % 0.3 %

    Highlights
    Headline inflation is lower than expected but higher at the core rate. The consumer price index for January unchanged-the same as in December. January’s rate posted a little lower than the consensus forecast of 0.2 percent.

    The core CPI-excluding food and energy-increased a strong 0.3 percent after edging up 0.1 percent in December. Analysts projected a 0.2 percent gain.

    By major components outside the core, energy declined 1.7 percent in January, following a drop of 0.8 percent the month before. Gasoline fell 3.0 percent after dropping 1.9 percent in December.

    On an unadjusted year-ago basis, the headline CPI in January on a year-ago basis was up 1.6 percent, compared to 1.9 percent for the core measure.

    Source: http://bloomberg.econoday.com/byshoweventfull.asp?fid=455996&cust=bloomberg-us&year=2013&lid=0&prev=/byweek.asp#top

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    PMI Manufacturing Index Flash

    Released On 2/21/2013 8:58:00 AM For Feb, 2013

    Prior Consensus Consensus Range
    Level 56.1 55.5 55.0 to 57.0

    Market Consensus before announcement
    The Markit PMI manufacturing index (final) for January edged back but only very slightly from mid-month, to 55.8 from the flash reading of 56.1. The 55.8 reading is well above 50 to indicate sizable month-to-month growth and was above December’s reading of 54.0 to indicate a faster rate of monthly growth. Growth in new orders and output both remained very strong though both slipped fractionally from mid-month, ending January at 57.4 for new orders and at 56.8 for output.

    Source: http://bloomberg.econoday.com/byshoweventfull.asp?fid=458047&cust=bloomberg-us&year=2013&lid=0&prev=/byweek.asp#top

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    Existing Home Sales

    Released On 2/21/2013 10:00:00 AM For Jan, 2013

    Prior Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    Existing Home Sales – Level – SAAR 4.94 M 4.900 M 4.830 M to 5.010 M 4.92 M
    Existing Home Sales – M/M Change -1.0 % 0.4 %

    Market Consensus before announcement
    Existing home sales were down 1.0 percent in December, but followed a 4.8 percent surge in November. December’s annual rate of 4.94 million was still up 12.8 percent on a year-ago basis. Supply was severely constrained at 4.4 months at the current sales rate versus 4.8 months in November and compared to 6.4 months in December 2011. Low supply may be bad for sales but it is good for prices which rose 0.8 percent in the month to a median $180,800. The year-on-year gain in the median price, at 11.5 percent in December, trended in the low double digits through the fourth quarter.

    Source: http://bloomberg.econoday.com/byshoweventfull.asp?fid=456305&cust=bloomberg-us&year=2013&lid=0&prev=/byweek.asp#top

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    The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. Increases

    2/22/13 The Conference Board – 13 minutes ago

    NEW YORK, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. rose 0.2 percent in January to 94.1 (2004 = 100), following a 0.5 percent increase in December, and no change in November.

    Says Ataman Ozyildirim, economist at The Conference Board: “The U.S. LEI rose again in January, pointing to a slow but continued expansion in economic activity in the near term. Despite continued weakness in manufacturers’ new orders and consumer expectations, improvements in housing permits and financial components helped boost the LEI in January. Meanwhile, the CEI also advanced in January, despite the slight decline in industrial production. Both the LEI and CEI have experienced widespread gains among their components over the past six months.”

    Says Ken Goldstein, economist at The Conference Board: “The indicators point to an underlying economy that remains relatively sound but sluggish. Credit use has picked up, driven in part by relatively strong demand for auto loans. The biggest positive factor is housing. The housing market is now at twice the level reached during its recessionary lows, and will likely continue to improve through the spring, delivering some growth momentum to the labor market and the overall economy. The biggest risk, however, is the adverse impact of cuts in federal spending.”

    For more: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/conference-board-leading-economic-index-150000555.html;_ylt=AwrNUbKvOSZRSUkATMPQtDMD

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    February 20, 2013

    President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Sierra Leone to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Ernest Bai Koroma

    President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Sierra Leone to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Ernest Bai Koroma on February 22, 2013.

    The Honorable Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Acting-Director of the Peace Corps, will lead the delegation.

    Member of the Presidential Delegation:

    Ms. Kathleen FitzGibbon, Chargé d’Affaires, United States Embassy to the Republic of Sierra Leone

  11. CR says:

    12:30 PM ET
    Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a gun-violence conference
    Western Connecticut State University., Danbury, CT

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/Live/

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    Please join me in lighting a candle for the President, First Family and the Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

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    Obama calls Boehner, McConnell

    2/21/13 2:16 PM EST By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

    President Barack Obama called GOP congressional leaders on Thursday to discuss a number of issues, including the looming sequester cuts, the White House said.

    Press secretary Jay Carney said he spoke with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner. Carney did not characterize the conversation or elaborate on what they spoke about.

    “There are a number of issues that need to be discussed. Certainly the sequester is one of them,” he said.

    Spokesmen for Boehner and McConnell declined to comment.

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    West Wing Week: 02/22/13 or “A Single Sacred Word: Citizen”

    Adam Garber February 21, 2013 05:39 PM EST

    This week, the President visited his old neighborhood in Chicago, conferred one of the nation’s highest civilian honors, met with the President of Italy, and continued to urge Republicans to close tax loopholes for the wealthy to prevent dangerous across-the-board budget cuts that are slated to take effect on March 1st.

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