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A trooper with the Oregon State Police was awarded a National Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor on Wednesday during a White House ceremony hosted by President Donald Trump. The award is the highest national award for valor a public safety officer can receive.

According to the Hillsboro Tribune, Trooper Nic Cederberg—a United States Army veteran—was shot 12 times nearly three years ago during a gun battle with a man accused of murdering his 24-year-old estranged wife.

Cederberg had responded to a call for a search for the suspected gunman who fled the scene in a white Mitsubishi. Cederberg located the suspect vehicle, and the suspect—James Tylka—rammed his patrol vehicle before opening fire.

Tylka died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound as other responding officers arrived to the scene. 

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