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21 Metro officers honored for courage at Best of the Badge award

21 Metro officers honored for courage at Best of the Badge award — PHOTOS

One day after the deadly Dallas attack on five officers, the Metropolitan Police Department honored 21 of its own for acts going above and beyond the call of duty.

During its fourth annual Best of the Badge awards gala, Metro recognized the officers for their actions during 14 incidents, many of them life-threatening.

“We have heroic actions that take place every day in our department,” Metro spokesman Michael Rodriguez said before the ceremony Friday night at Red Rock Resort. “But there are certain events throughout the year that really rise to the level of an award, of recognition.”

The events in Dallas underscore the significance of awards ceremonies such as Best of the Badge, Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Friday night.

“Godspeed to those officers, and their families, and the police department and the community. This shows why we do this, because of what happened there,” Lombardo said. “It’s a tragedy, and it brings the officers back to what we do for a living: help the weak and crush the evil. It brings that understanding around.” Read more and view photos >>

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