Honoring many many heroes, including the Police Medal:
- Whenever Chicago police Officer Javier Alonso sees the bullet hole in his right leg, he thinks about the night of June 6, 2014.
That was when he and fellow Officer Michael M. Wrobel were shot during an exchange of gunfire with a man police had just pulled over on the Far South Side, on suspicion that he was armed with a gun.
Wrobel was shot in the chest but was saved by his bulletproof vest. Despite his injury, Wrobel got into his car, drove through the line of fire and helped the wounded Alonso into the vehicle before driving him to a hospital.
- In 2010, Officer Thomas Wortham IV was killed during a gun battle outside his family's home. His father, retired police Sgt. Thomas Wortham III, ran outside and tried to save his son.
Sgt. Wortham received a standing ovation when he was honored with the superintendent's Award of Valor.
"I accepted this reward, award, for all the parents who have lost someone," Sgt. Wortham said.
In 2010 thieves attempted to steal Wortham's son's brand new motorcycle while it was parked outside the family's Chatham home.
Wortham's police officer son was shot and killed in the ensuing gun battle. Wortham shot two of the robbers, killing one of them and identified the suspects in the getaway car.
"I did nothing no other parent would have done in the same situation," he said.
We would respectfully say that you did far more than another parent would even be capable of in that situation, sir. Once again, our sympathies on your loss.