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Medal of Valor

The DPS Medal of Valor


The Medal of Valor is the highest award presented by the Texas Department of Public Safety. It may be issued to any member of the Department who intelligently distinguishes himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her own life. The deed performed must have been by voluntary act and of personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to distinguish clearly the individual for gallantry and intrepidity above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life, known to the member before performing the act. It must be the type of deed which, if left undone, would not subject him to any justifiable criticism. The act must be far above and beyond the normal call of duty.

Employee Div Serv Reg Deed Performed
Bill Gerth RAN - - Saved Trooper's life from suspected armed robber
Johnnie E. Aycock RAN - - Hostage Negotiator - 2 year old
Stanley K. Guffey RAN - - Rescued hostage
Andrew Lopez TLE HP 3 Fought off 3 attackers
Steven Boyd TLE HP 6 Family Disturbance
Michael Crump TLE HP 1 13 Victims from Burning Van
Hector Rodriguez TLE DL 3 Bank Robbers
John F. Hart TLE HP 2 Rescued Flood victims
Johnnie E. Aycock RAN - - DME Program/Rescued 14-Month Old - Hostage/Suicide
Carey Matthews TLE HP 5 Saved deputy's life
Tom Lambert TLE HP 2 Apprehended two jail escapees while under gunfire from them
George K. Harris TLE HP 1 Bomb on Citizen/suicide attempt - Saved lives in DL Office
Cody Sanders TLE HP 1 Bomb on Citizen/suicide attempt - Saved lives in DL Office
Danny V. Rhea RAN - - Bomb on Citizen/suicide attempt - Saved lives in DL Office
Richard Fernandez TLE L&W 4 Saved lives during flood
Jeff M. Hudson TLE HP 3 Rescued elderly couple from flood waters
Tim Mollenkopf TLE HP 3 Rescued father & daughter from flood waters
William A. Lohman TLE HP 2 Rescued Victim from flood waters
Juan Rodriguez Jr. TLE HP 3 Risked life to retrieve shot Trooper
Robert K. Bratten TLE HP 3 Risked life to retrieve shot Trooper
Scott Willeford TLE HP 3 Risked life to retrieve shot Trooper
Derome Daniel West TLE HP 6 Shot gunman who had wounded deputy
Jeffrey Dale Sones TLE L&W 6 Apprehended capital murder suspect
John Richard Smith THP HP 6 Shooting incident in Midlothian
Terry Eaton THP HP 6 Incident in Midlothian
Vance Griffin THP HP 6 Shooting Incident in Midlothian
William Werkmeister THP HP 6 Shooting Incident in Midlothian
Leopoldo Sanchez THP CVE 8 Assisted Barrera in arrest
John David Cox THP HP 4 Assisted in capturing murder suspect