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

Shooting 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