JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Governor Mike Parson awarded Missouri Public Safety medals to 11 first responders and six civilians for “heroic and live-saving actions” in 2019.
The awards represent the state’s highest recognition for first responders during critical incidents, according to a press release. The civilians were honored for taking on “harrowing risks” during emergencies to help save lives and support first responders.
“Each year, this award ceremony demonstrates the heroic, life-saving acts our first responders selflessly perform to protect their fellow Missourians,” Parson said. “Today, we honored eleven law enforcement officers and firefighters who bravely risked their lives to save others. Their acts serve as an inspiration and reminder of the risk these public servants take on each and every day.”
Family members and a small number of colleagues were at the awards ceremony.
The medal recipients include:
Today, we honored 11 first responders & 6 civilians with Missouri Public Safety Medals for heroic & live-saving actions in 2019. It was my honor to stand among these courageous Missourians who selflessly risked their own lives to protect fellow citizens. https://t.co/zYyFsOx6kw pic.twitter.com/zvic9FV59R
— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) October 13, 2020