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May 12th, 2009
10:21 AM ET

Police Officer/Hero: Matthew Medeiros

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Boynton Beach Police Dept."]

His sergeant was down, wounded by a gunshot. The bad guy was still pulling the trigger.

But without a second thought - Officer Matthew Medeiros rushed out, got between his sarge and the shooter, and fired back.

The guy fled, and Officer Medeiros gave first aid until medics arrived.

Sergeant Richard McNevin survived.

For this act of heroism and selflessness, the Boynton Beach, Florida Police Department just awarded its first Medal of Valor to Officer Matthew Medeiros.

We honor him, as part of our team's special focus on National Police Week.

Filed under: Kyra Phillips • Police Officer/Hero
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