|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 17, 2012
CONTACTS: Tara Trujillo (Udall) – 202-224-4334
Udall, Bennet, Coffman Award Congressional Badge of Bravery to Douglas County Deputy Sheriff
Douglas County Sheriff, Leaders to Host Award Reception on January 27
Today, U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, with Douglas County Sheriff David A. Weaver, announce that Deputy Sheriff Herman Michael Villalobos Garcia has been awarded the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery for his heroism in the line of duty.
Under the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery of 2008 (P.L.110-298), the U.S. Department of Justice will award federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement officers who performed “exceptional acts of bravery in the line of duty” the badge, which is then presented by the recipients’ congressional representatives. Garcia is one of only 21 recipients in the program’s first year of awards: nine federal and 12 state/local law enforcement officers. On August 8, 2010, Garcia responded bravely to a call about a suspect with a handgun. Even after being shot, Garcia was able to take down the suspect, provide valuable information to other units and even request medical attention for the suspect, earning him a recommendation for the award.
“I am proud and honored to present the Congressional Badge of Bravery to Deputy Herman Garcia for his heroic actions in upholding our laws and securing the safety of his community every day,” Udall said. “Deputy Garcia went above and beyond the call of duty—something I suspect he does more often than just this one instance—and this Congressional Badge of Bravery is a symbol of our gratitude for his service. Coloradans are proud to have such a brave and honorable deputy serving them.”
“Deputy Garcia embodies the very best qualities of Colorado’s law enforcement community – courage and heroism in the line of duty – and our gratitude for his service can’t be overstated,” Bennet said. “In acting selflessly to uphold the law and protect his community, he has rightfully earned the respect of his peers and the recognition of our country.”
“It’s an honor and a privilege to join in presenting Douglas County Deputy Sheriff Herman Garcia with this commendation, as he is the living embodiment of why the Congressional Badge of Bravery program was created,” Coffman said. “His grace under fire and courage in the face of possible death serve as an inspiration to us all. We should all be grateful and proud to have such a hero as a part of our community.”
“Deputy Garcia’s bravery and heroism is an inspiration to us all,” Weaver said. “Even while Deputy Garcia was wounded, he never wavered from defending the safety of the citizens of Douglas County. He was able to stop the suspect before he could harm anyone else.”
In conjunction with the sheriff’s office, Udall, Bennet and Coffman will host a special reception to honor Garcia and present him with his badge.
RECEPTION TO HONOR DEPUTY GARCIA
Friday, Jan. 27, 2012
1 – 2 p.m. MT
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
Jury Assembly Room
Robert A. Christensen Justice Center
4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109