March 07, 2016

Reminder: Time running out for nominations for Missouri Medal of Valor

Nomination deadline is March 31 for heroic acts performed during 2015

The nomination deadline is fast approaching for Missouri’s annual Medal of Valor award, which is given to public safety officers whose brave and selfless acts go above and beyond the call of duty. The nominations deadline for recognition of valorous acts performed during 2015 is March 31, 2016.

Missouri’s Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor is awarded annually to public safety officers who exhibit “exceptional courage, extraordinary decisiveness and presence of mind, and unusual swiftness of action, regardless of his or her own personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life.”

Eligible individuals must serve a public agency, with or without compensation, as a firefighter, law enforcement officer or emergency medical personnel. State and local corrections, court and civil defense officers are also eligible.

Nine Medals of Valor were awarded on Dec. 16, 2015 for heroic acts performed during 2014. The recipients were Eric E. Abbott of the Missouri Department of Conservation, who rescued a school bus driver swept away by flood water; Richard L. Ayers of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who rescued a motorist swept away by flood water; Nathan F. Box of the Missouri Department of Corrections, who came to the aid of a fellow corrections officer being attacked by an offender;  Anthony K. Davis of the Manchester Police Department, who rescued fire victims from a burning building; Timothy J. Dorsey, David P. Klump and Daniel R. Roderick of the West County EMS and Fire Protection District, who came under fire in battlefield-like conditions while administering medical care to two F.B.I. agents wounded in a shootout; and M. Anthony Maupin and John D. (Jade) Wright of the Missouri Department of Conservation, who together rescued seven motorists swept away by flood water.

The Department of Public Safety will receive applications postmarked by March 31, 2016 and forward them to the Missouri Medal of Valor Review Board. Applications are available on the DPS website at Because original signatures are required, applications must be printed, completed and mailed to:

State of Missouri, MO DPS

Medal of Valor Review Board

Lewis & Clark State Office Bldg.

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 749

Jefferson City, MO  65101-0749