Trump Awards Medal of Valor to Fallen DART Officer Brent Thompson

By Deb Riechmann — Associated Press

May 24, 2019

DART Officer Brent Thompson

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.

President Donald Trump awards fallen DART Officer Brent Thompson the Medal Of Valor at the East Room of the White House, with his widow and parents attending.

“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.

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President Donald Trump awards Sgt. Thomas Avila III of the Azusa CA Police Department the Public Safety Officer Medal Of Valor during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House Wednesday May 22, 2019.

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