Trump honors San Bernardino terror responders with Medal of Valor


President Trump awarded the nation’s highest honor for bravery to 12 public safety officers, including six public servants who responded after a married couple shot and killed 14 people in California in 2015.

Trump draped the Medal of Valor around each recipient’s neck in a White House ceremony during which he backed a ban on rapid-fire bump stock rifle devices.

“Through your service and sacrifice we are reminded that America’s greatest treasure is her people,” Trump said .

“In your courage we see America’s strength and in your character we see America’s soul.”

No women received the award.

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U.S. President Donald Trump struggles for a moment while putting the medal of valor on Avery County (NC) Sheriff's Office Lieutenant William Buchanan during a Public Safety Medal of Valor Awards Ceremony at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. President Donald Trump gives David Poirier, Jr. of Redondo Beach Fire Department a Public Safety Medal of Valor during the awards ceremony at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
U.S. President Donald Trump pins the Public Safety Medal of Valor on members of the San Bernardino County (CA) Sheriff's Department during a ceremony for recipients in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S. February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump exits the room after holding a Public Safety Medal of Valor Awards Ceremony at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
U.S. President Donald Trump puts a medal of valor on Brian Olvera of San Bernardino Police Department, while giving out five other medals to Olvera's fellow California law enforcement officials for their roles in risking their lives to stop the San Bernardino County shooting during a Public Safety Medal of Valor Awards Ceremony at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
U.S. President Donald Trump struggles to pin the Public Safety Medal of Valor on Avery County (NC) Sheriff's Office Lieutenant William Buchanan during a ceremony for recipients in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S. February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump presents a medal to District Attorney Investigator Chad Johnson, of the San Bernardino County District Attorney?s Office during a Public Safety Medal of Valor awards ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump presents a medal to Firefighter/Harbor Patrol Officer David Poirier, Jr., of the Redondo Beach Fire Department during a Public Safety Medal of Valor awards ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump applauds for Medal of Valor recipients during a Public Safety Medal of Valor Awards Ceremony at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 20: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a Public Safety Medal of Valor award ceremony at the East Room of the White House February 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. The medal is the nation's highest award to public safety officers who have 'exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life.' (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with San Bernardino County law enforcement officials during a Public Safety Medal of Valor awards ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S. on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. The Medal of Valor is the Nation's highest award for valor by public safety officers, and serves to recognize extraordinary acts above and beyond the call of duty. Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 20: U.S. President Donald Trump (3rd L) presents the Public Safety Medal of Valor to (L-R) District Attorney Investigator Chad Johnson, San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office, CA; Detective Brian Olvera, San Bernardino Police Department, CA; Deputy Shaun Wallen, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, CA; Detective Bruce Southworth, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, CA; Corporal Rafael Ixco, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, CA; during an award ceremony at the East Room of the White House February 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. The medal is the nation's highest award to public safety officers who have 'exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life.' (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump pauses while speaking during a Public Safety Medal of Valor awards ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S. on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. The Medal of Valor is the Nation's highest award for valor by public safety officers, and serves to recognize extraordinary acts above and beyond the call of duty. Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 20: (L-R) U.S. President Donald Trump presents the Public Safety Medal of Valor to District Attorney Investigator Chad Johnson, San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office, CA; Detective Brian Olvera, San Bernardino Police Department, CA; Deputy Shaun Wallen, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, CA; Detective Bruce Southworth, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, CA; Corporal Rafael Ixco, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, CA; Officer Nicholas Koahou, Redlands Police Department, CA; during an award ceremony at the East Room of the White House February 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. The medal is the nation's highest award to public safety officers who have 'exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life.' (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Half of the men honored were among those on the scene in December 2015, when a Syed Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, shot and killed 14 people at a center for the developmentally disabled in San Bernardino, Calif.

The murderous couple was gunned down four hours later and 2 miles away when police pumped a fusillade of bullets into their fleeing SUV.

Other medal recipients had saved people from fire, drowning and shootings.

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REDLANDS, CA - DECEMBER 4: Inside the house where Syed Rizwan Farook and Tafsheen Malik, suspects of the deadly the recent mass shootings, lived on December 4, 2015 in Redlands, California. (Photo by Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
REDLANDS, CA - DECEMBER 4: A Quran sits in the living room inside the house where Syed Rizwan Farook and Tafsheen Malik, suspects of the deadly recent mass shootings lived on December 4, 2015 in Redlands, California. (Photo by Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
REDLANDS, CA - DECEMBER 4: An identification card for Syed Farook inside the house where Syed Rizwan Farook and Tafsheen Malik, suspects of the deadly recent mass shootings lived on December 4, 2015 in Redlands, California. (Photo by Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
REDLANDS, CA - DECEMBER 4: A hole in the ceiling could be seen inside the closet area of the rear bedroom inside the house where Syed Rizwan Farook and Tafsheen Malik, suspects of the deadly recent mass shootings lived on December 4, 2015 in Redlands, California. (Photo by Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
REDLANDS, CA - DECEMBER 4: A baby crib is seen inside the baby room of the house where Syed Rizwan Farook and Tafsheen Malik, suspects of the deadly recent mass shootings, lived, on December 4, 2015 in Redlands, California. (Photo by Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
REDLANDS, CA - DECEMBER 4: A firearm lubricant could be seen in the closet of the front bedroom inside the house where Syed Rizwan Farook and Tafsheen Malik, suspects of the deadly recent mass shootings lived on December 4, 2015 in Redlands, California. (Photo by Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
REDLANDS, CA - DECEMBER 4: Media reporters go in and out of the townhouse where Syed Rizwan Farook and Tafsheen Malik, suspects of the deadly recent mass shootings lived on December 4, 2015 in Redlands, California. (Photo by Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
REDLANDS, CA - DECEMBER 4: A praying mat and a cleared out closet in the baby room in the front of the apartment. A rare first glimpse inside the house where Syed Rizwan Farook and Tafsheen Malik, suspects of the deadly the recent mass shootings, lived, on December 4, 2015 in Redlands, California. (Photo by Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
REDLANDS, CA - DECEMBER 4: Prayer beads are seen laying on the bed alongside personal documents in the rear bedroom inside the house where Syed Rizwan Farook and Tafsheen Malik, suspects of the deadly recent mass shootings lived on December 4, 2015 in Redlands, California. (Photo by Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
REDLANDS, CA - DECEMBER 4: A closet inside the baby room. A rare first glimpse inside the house where Syed Rizwan Farook and Tafsheen Malik, suspects of the deadly recent mass shootings, lived, on December 4, 2015 in Redlands, California. (Photo by Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
REDLANDS, CA - DECEMBER 4: A rare first glimpse inside the house where Syed Rizwan Farook and Tafsheen Malik, suspects of the deadly recent mass shootings, lived on December 4, 2015 in Redlands, California. (Photo by Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
A book sits on a table inside the home of San Bernardino mass murder suspect Syed Farook, December 4, 2015 in Redlands, California. The community is mourning as police continue to investigate a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino that left at least 14 people dead and another 21 injured. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Journalists squeeze into a child's bedroom in the home of shooting suspect Syed Farook on December 4, 2015 in Redlands, California. The community is mourning as police continue to investigate a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino that left at least 14 people dead and another 21 injured. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
A view of the kitchen inside the home of shooting suspect Syed Farook on December 4, 2015 in Redlands, California. The community is mourning as police continue to investigate a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino that left at least 14 people dead and another 21 injured. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
A television crew prepares to do a live report inside a child's bedroom in the home of shooting suspect Syed Farook on December 4, 2015 in Redlands, California. The community is mourning as police continue to investigate a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino that left at least 14 people dead and another 21 injured. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - DECEMBER 04: Reporters take pictures of photographs found inside the home of shooting suspect Syed Farook on December 4, 2015 in San Bernardino, California. The San Bernardino community is mourning as police continue to investigate a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino that left at least 14 people dead and another 21 injured. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
REDLANDS, CA - DECEMBER 04: Baby food sits on a kitchen counter inside the home of shooting suspect Syed Farook on December 4, 2015 in Redlands, California. The San Bernardino community is mourning as police continue to investigate a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino that left at least 14 people dead and another 21 injured. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
REDLANDS, CA - DECEMBER 04: A hatchet sits in a kitchen drawer inside the home of shooting suspect Syed Farook on December 4, 2015 in Redlands, California. The San Bernardino community is mourning as police continue to investigate a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino that left at least 14 people dead and another 21 injured. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
REDLANDS, CA - DECEMBER 04: Reporters inspect the home of shooting suspect Syed Farook on December 4, 2015 in Redlands, California. The San Bernardino community is mourning as police continue to investigate a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino that left at least 14 people dead and another 21 injured. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
REDLANDS, CA - DECEMBER 04: Arabic books sit in a closet inside the home of shooting suspect Syed Farook on December 4, 2015 in Redlands, California. The San Bernardino community is mourning as police continue to investigate a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino that left at least 14 people dead and another 21 injured. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
REDLANDS, CA - DECEMBER 04: An Islamic Manners book sits in a bedroom inside the home of shooting suspect Syed Farook on December 4, 2015 in Redlands, California. The San Bernardino community is mourning as police continue to investigate a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino that left at least 14 people dead and another 21 injured. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
REDLANDS, CA - DECEMBER 04: A book about prayer sits on a bedside table inside the home of shooting suspect Syed Farook on December 4, 2015 in Redlands, California. The San Bernardino community is mourning as police continue to investigate a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino that left at least 14 people dead and another 21 injured. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - DECEMBER 04: Reporters inspect the home of shooting suspect Syed Farook on December 4, 2015 in San Bernardino, California. The San Bernardino community is mourning as police continue to investigate a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino that left at least 14 people dead and another 21 injured. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
REDLANDS, CA - DECEMBER 04: Reporters inspect the home of shooting suspect Syed Farook on December 4, 2015 in Redlands, California. The San Bernardino community is mourning as police continue to investigate a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino that left at least 14 people dead and another 21 injured. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
REDLANDS, CA - DECEMBER 04: Reporters inspect the home of Syed Farook on December 4, 2015 in Redlands, California. The San Bernardino community is mourning as police continue to investigate a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino that left at least 14 people dead and another 21 injured. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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