One took on a man wielding a rifle, seven others engaged in a firefight with men who had bragged about plans to kill cops, and 13 more faced similar life-threatening encounters.

The officers all said they were just doing their jobs.

On Wednesday, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Council members and top Los Angeles Police Department brass joined about 800 law enforcement personnel and others at a ceremony honoring this year's recipients of the LAPD's Medal of Valor. It is the agency's highest honor and one reserved for acts of bravery in the line of duty.

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