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Tucson Police officer receives Arizona Medal Of Valor

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Posted at 11:43 AM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 10:29:42-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Governor Doug Ducey announced the Medal Of Valor recipients honoring public safety officials who protect Arizonans.

Gov. Ducey issued an executive order in August 2018 creating the Medal Of Valor honoring those who serve as public safety officials, first responders, firefighters, or other law enforcement who show valor, and heroism proecting the safety of their community.

Among the recipients is Officer Alvaro Silva with the Tucson Police Department.

Officer Silva is recognized after an officer-involved shooting earlier this year.

Back in March, Officer SIlva conducted a traffic stop where the driver began firing at officer Silva.

Officer Silva and the suspect exchanged gunfire, where the suspect was hit multiple times.

After the altercation, officer Silva immediately rendered aid the suspect, saving his life.

The Medal of Valor is one way to express the gratitude to those who put their live on the line, Governor Ducey said.

The recipients will be honored in an award ceremony in 2020.