Duluth Police Officer Awarded Medal of Valor

Sgt. Wick Given Medal of Honor

Vice President Joe Biden says police and firefighters react instinctively without hesitation in emergencies to put other people’s lives above theirs.

Biden is presenting the Medal of Valor to 22 police officers and firefighters in a ceremony at the White House complex.

Among the officers honored Wednesday was Sgt. Brad Wick for his actions on Aug. 28, 2011.

Duluth Police Officer Brad Wick was involved in a high speed chase with a convicted felon and his female companion.

It was a day after they had committed armed robbery and a car jacking.

The chase ended in a neighborhood in Gary New Duluth where the two suspects entered a home and shot the occupant.

Sgt. Wick and his canine partner, Abe, entered the home and were ambushed by gunfire but returned fire and fatally wounded the felon.

The home’s resident survived her injury.

Biden says those being honored are “an amazing bunch of individuals.

This year’s recipients also include officers who responded to the shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and officers who helped catch a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Biden says the saddest part of the day is honoring two officers killed in the line duty.

Attorney General Eric Holder says America owes a debt that must be repaid not just with words, but with actions.

He says the Justice Department will fight for public safety officials.

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