On Senate Floor, Portman Honors Courageous Acts of Dayton Police Officers

September 9, 2019 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – On the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) honored the brave Dayton Police Officers who quickly responded to the active shooter in Dayton, Ohio last month, ending the tragedy before more innocent lives could be lost. President Trump honored their courageous acts by presenting them with the Medal of Valor at the White House this morning.  

Transcript of his remarks can be found below and a video can be found here.

“Today six police officers from the Dayton Police Department were awarded our nation’s highest honor for law enforcement. These were the six individuals who stood tall at 1:00 AM on August 4 in Dayton, Ohio. Standing up to a shooter, engaging him within 30 seconds of the tragedy beginning. Nine people had already died. Another 27 were injured. But by standing up to him and doing it so quickly and responding so effectively, they saved so many lives. They put their lives in danger because they were standing between the shooter and innocent civilians who were out that evening having a celebration, enjoying themselves, not imagining that this horror could be committed.

“These six individuals were well-trained. As Chief Rick Biehl of the Dayton Police Department has told me, and he is a friend of mine, the training worked, and he is right. But it was more than just training. It was instinct. It was heart. It was their willingness to step up as soon as they saw the danger and run in to the danger, literally.

“President Trump today awarded the highest honor to these individuals, and when he did so, he said, and I quote, ‘The light from these intrepid souls defied the darkness and confronted the most sinister danger.’ Well said.

“Sergeant William Knight, Officers Vincent Carter, David Denlinger, Ryan Nabel, Brian Rolfes and Jeremy Campbell deserve the gratitude of all of us for stepping into the breach. Tonight I’ll have the opportunity to be with them here on this floor. They’re going to come see the world’s greatest deliberative body, and I know that everyone here in the Senate joins me in expressing our gratitude to them for the work they do every single day to protect all of us and for their extraordinary bravery that horrible night. We thank them and we say God bless them for what they do.”