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Secretary's Award for Valor

Secretary's Award for Valor

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Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson today presented the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary’s Award for Valor to ten employees who have displayed exceptional courage and valor either while serving the Department, or while off-duty acting only as a concerned citizen willing to help a fellow American in need. 
Secretary Johnson, along with Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and DHS senior leadership, recognized ten individuals for their actions of bravery and courage during 2013 and 2014. Their selfless actions saved individuals from harm, rescued another’s life, and protected infrastructure in support of the nation’s security. Nominations for the award came from peers and leadership throughout the Department, including both civilian and military personnel.
The following individuals, listed by component order, received the Secretary’s Award for Valor, the highest recognition from the Department for extraordinary acts of valor:



Jari J. Karttunen Carl Wegierski Christopher Cronen DHS Seal William Bronsteen
Jari J. Karttunen Carl Wegierski, CBP Christopher Cronen, ICE Matthew Malmquist, ICE William Bronsteen, ICE
Eddie Palacios Jesse Meerscheidt Bryan J. Koenig William E. Grimmer Thomas A. Hammond
Eddie Palacios, TSA Jesse Meerscheidt, USCG Bryan J. Koenig, USSS William E. Grimmer, USSS Thomas A. Hammond, USSS
Last Published Date: May 16, 2014
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