The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor program is currently accepting nominations for extraordinary acts of heroism and bravery on the part of our nation’s public safety officers. The Medal of Valor is the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer and is awarded annually by the president or vice president to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, to save or protect human life.
Nominations must be for events that occurred between June 1, 2020, and May 31, 2021. The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (ET).
In the past, fire and EMS personnel have not been well represented – only 10% of applications have been submitted for fire and EMS. Our heroes don’t do their life-saving work for recognition, but it is important that policy makers, government officials and our neighbors know all we do to improve our communities. We encourage you to send nominations for consideration.
For more information, visit the Public Safety Officer Medal of Honor website.
Created in 2001 by Congress, the program is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).