CHP officers receive Medal of Valor for bravery

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Updated: 2/20/2013 3:47 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two California Highway Patrol officers are in Washington to receive the Medal of Valor for their actions in a 2010 Fresno County gunbattle in which two law enforcement officers were killed.

Officers Sean Haller and Rafael Rivera had responded to assist Fresno County Sheriff's deputies who came under fire while attempting to serve a search warrant in Minkler, about 20 miles east of Fresno. One deputy was killed.

After another officer from a separate agency was shot, Haller exchanged gunfire with the suspect so Rivera could move the fatally wounded officer to safety.

The two are among 18 public safety officers who are being awarded the nation's highest honor for emergency responders during a ceremony Wednesday.

Haller and Rivera previously received California's highest public safety award for their actions.


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