31st Annual Medal of Valor Luncheon
Sixty-four officers were recognized during the 31st Medal of Valor Luncheon. Officers were presented the Purple Heart, the Medal of Honor, the Medal of Valor and the Distinguished Service awards during the ceremony Nov. 18, 2016.
The Police Award was presented to Rachel Swasey, widow of fallen University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Police Officer Garrett Swasey, who lost his life during the Planned Parenthood shooting. Also recognized during the ceremony were El Paso County Sheriff's deputies Sgt. Jason Hess and Marcus Miller, who were awarded the Police Award for their actions during the Planned Parenthood incident.
Additionally, Gregg Randolph, Elijah Headlick, Steve Simmons and Susanne Harris received the Citizen of Distinction Award.
The Medal of Valor Luncheon has a long standing reputation for showing the immense support our community has for our police officers and their families. The Police Foundation of Colorado Springs seeks to increase the impact of the local support by being the presenting sponsor of the luncheon. The board of directors are honored the Colorado Springs Police Department has given us the opportunity to take on such a meaningful endeavor in our first full year in existence.
It is the Foundation’s purpose to strengthen the services of the Colorado Springs Police Department, promote excellence within the department, and support public safety for the City of Colorado Springs. It is also our mission to build effective partnerships that support the Colorado Springs Police Department and our local community.
We take pride in the character and quality of our officers in Colorado Springs and hope you will assist us in showing them their efforts do not go unnoticed or unappreciated.
Pictured below are the 2016 Medal of Valor and Distinguished Service award recipients.