One of the Northland's finest will get national recognition for his heroic efforts at a ceremony at the White House this morning.

Lieutenant  Bradley Alan Wick from the Duluth Police Department will receive the Public Safety Medal of Valor at the 9:45 CT ceremony hosted by Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder.

Wick's recognition is described in the press release from the White House as follows:

[Lieutenant] Wick receives the award for his heroic actions during a police chase of a convicted felon and his female companion Aug. 28, 2011, a day after they had committed armed robbery and carjacking. The chase ended in a residential area where the felon and his companion entered a home and shot the female occupant. Sgt. Wick, along with his canine partner, Abe, entered the home and was ambushed by gun fire, but returned fire and managed to fatally wound the felon. The home’s resident survived her injury.

The Public Safety Medal of Valor is the highest recognition given to a public safety officer who has gone above and beyond to save or protect human life in the face of danger.  95 medals have been presented since the awards inception in 2003.  The recognition comes directly from the President of the United States or his designee.

Duluth Police
Duluth Police

To learn more about the Public Safety Medal of Valor, click here.

To watch the ceremony live click here.

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