Liz Skalka
The Blade, Toledo, Ohio

In a White House ceremony with several Ohio officials present, President Donald Trump awarded medals of valor to six police officers who swiftly took down the mass shooter in Dayton.

Mr. Trump on Monday honored 11 first responders who saved lives during back-to-back mass shootings Aug. 3 and 4 that killed 31 people in Dayton and El Paso and re-energized a national debate about gun control.

“Millions of Americans saw the video footage of these officers calmly charging forward in the midst of chaos and constant fire. Without a thought for their own safety, they stood square to the target, executed their mission and brought down the murderers with precision gunfire,” Mr. Trump said.

“It was just before that maniac was ready to enter a very crowded restaurant and bar. Within 32 seconds of the start of the attack, the six officers ended the violent rampage and saved countless lives.”

Mr. Trump said the El Paso shooting, which left 22 dead, was a “racist attack motivated by pure evil hatred,” and said the Dayton shooter who killed nine people, including his sister, was a “vile and wicked murderer.”

“Our nation is shocked and enraged by these inhuman and sadistic acts of bloodshed,” he said.

The six Dayton officers awarded medals of valor, the nation’s highest honor for bravery in public safety, are: Sgt. William C. Knight and officers Jeremy Campbell, Vincent Carter, David Denlinger, Ryan Nabel and Brian Rolfes.

The ceremony was attended by Lt. Gov Jon Husted and Attorney General Dave Yost. Gov. Mike DeWine is attending a trade conference in Japan.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, who’s in Washington for a lobbying effort from the U.S Conference of Mayors, was part of a news conference later Monday with fellow Democrats Sen. Sherrod Brown, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. On the first day Congress is back in session after summer recess, they called for a Senate vote on the House’s Bipartisan Background Checks Act requiring background checks on nearly all private gun sales. The bill passed largely along party lines in February.

“With danger at the door and their community crying out for help, these officers acted swiftly and effectively to stop further loss of life,” Mr. Yost said in a statement. “When in moments of unthinkable danger and chaos, these officers relied on their training and instinct to protect their communities — and we will forever be grateful for these heroes’ actions.”


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