On May 14, 2015, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson presented the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary’s Award for Valor to 12 individuals 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.
Joined by Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and DHS senior leadership, Secretary Johnson recognized 12 individuals, ten DHS employees, and two law enforcement officers, for their actions of bravery and courage during 2014 and 2015. 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.
- Press Release: Secretary Johnson Presents Award for Valor (5/14/2015)
The 2015 award recipients included ten DHS employees and two local law enforcement officials: