SALT LAKE CITY (CBS LAS VEGAS/AP) — A northern Utah police officer wounded in a 2012 drug raid gone wrong has been honored with a Medal by Valor.
The Office of the Vice President Joe Biden says Weber County Sheriff’s Lt. Nathan Daniel Hutchinson was recognized Wednesday for helping fellow officers to safety on Jan. 4, 2012.
The White House released background on the officer and his courageous acts:
“Sgt. Hutchinson receives the award for his heroic actions to rescue fellow officers Jan. 4, 2012, when agents served a search warrant at a home in Ogden, Utah. Once inside, the agents came under fire by the subject of the warrant. During this assault, Agent Sean Grogan was shot in the face, and was helped out of the residence by another agent. The assailant also shot and struck multiple times Agents Kasey Burrell and Jared Francom, who were left disabled and unconscious on the scene. Sgt. Hutchinson returned fire and was dragging Agent Burrell from the residence when he was shot three times by the assailant. After pulling Agent Burrell to safety, Sgt. Hutchinson re-entered the residence to rescue Agent Francom, returning the assailant’s fire until his ammunition was exhausted. Ultimately, Sgt. Hutchinson was able to get both agents out of the residence.”
Sgt. Hutchinson’s brave actions resulted in permanent and debilitating injuries after suffering from three gunshot wounds.
For a full list of Medal of Valor recipients visit whitehouse.gov
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