Duluth Police Lieutenant Will Get a Medal of Valor Today at The White House
The Duluth Police Department has a reason to be really proud today, as one of their own is set to get a Medal of Valor at the White House.
Vice-President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder will present Duluth Police Lieutenant Brad Wick with the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor which was created in 2001 and is the highest award available for a public safety officer.
Lieutenant Wick will be getting the medal for his heroic actions during a chase of a convicted felon and his female companion on August 28th, 2011, a day after they had committed armed robbery and carjacking. The chase ended in a residential area where the felon entered a home and shot the female occupant. Lieutenant Wick, along with his K9 partner, Abe, entered the home and was ambushed by gunfire, but returned fire and killed the felon.
Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said that Lieutenant Wick is a very modest man, so much so that according to Ramsay, "When Lieutenant Wick learned he was going to be recognized at the White House for his actions that night, he asked if I could not tell anyone. He is one the most humble, good natured and helpful people I know and am very proud to work with him. His actions that night in Gary several years ago were heroic and likely saved the lives of others."
The ceremony will be streamed live on the White House website starting at 9:45am. According to the White House, "The Medal of Valor is awarded by the President of the United States, or his designee, 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."