Trump presents Medal of Valor to Oregon trooper shot 12 times
An Oregon State Police trooper who was shot a dozen times while single-handedly trying to arrest a murder suspect has received the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, the highest national award for valor a public safety officer can receive.
President Donald Trump presented Trooper Nic Cederberg the award on Wednesday.
Cederberg was on patrol alone when he went to arrest a “craven and desperate” murder suspect on Christmas Day of 2016, police said.
The two engaged in a gun battle and Cederberg was left clinging to life by the time backup arrived. News outlets reported that the suspect killed himself at the scene.
After that, Cederberg spent 48 days in the hospital and continues to fight for full recovery.
He was a U.S. Army veteran and seven-year police veteran at the time of the shooting. He has still not been able to return to work because of the injuries he sustained that day.
“He showed enormous courage in the most difficult of circumstances, and exemplified the kind of service and bravery the Medal of Valor represents, said Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. “His life and community will be forever impacted by that night, and his experience is part of why I feel strongly that we need more troopers on Oregon’s highways.”