By Deb Riechmann — Associated Press
May 24, 2019
WASHINGTON — Fourteen public safety officers were awarded the Medal of Valor by President Donald Trump on Wednesday May 22, including Corsicana’s Brent Thompson. Officer Thompson, of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Police Department, was killed July 7, 2016, during a shootout with a man who had just killed three Dallas police officers and wounded three others with an assault rifle.
Thompson’s actions created a distraction that allowed others to aid the wounded and gave cover to officers so they could force the attacker inside a building where he was killed by the Dallas Police SWAT team.
“Every officer, firefighter, and first responder who receives this award embodies the highest ideals of service and sacrifice, character and courage,” Trump said during a White House ceremony. The medal is the nation’s highest honor for bravery by a public safety officer.