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September 7, 2017 The Hesston RecordSeptember 7, 2017 The Hesston Record

HPD Chief Doug Schroeder To Receive Presidential Medal Of Valor

Posted 7/27/2017
For The Record
 
On Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump announced Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder will be one of the recipients for the Presidential Medal of Valor.   
Hesston Mayor Dave Kauffman made the announcement at 1 p.m. today to City employees and congratulated Schroeder on his accomplishment. 
Kauffman read an email sent by Gregory Joy, the Designated Federal Officer who is responsible for administering the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor program. 
“It is my honor to inform you that Chief Doug Schroeder has been cited by the U.S. Attorney General for the 2015-2016 Medal of Valor,” Kauffman read. 
Schroeder was nominated for the award following his actions during the shooting at Excel Industries Feb. 26, 2016.  Schroeder entered the building without backup, located the active shooter and brought an end to the shooting spree.  
City Administrator Gary Emry said Schroeder’s nomination was submitted “a long time ago, and because of the transition between the Obama and Trump administrations it was put on hold for the last several months.” 
Emry added, in speaking with Joy on Wednesday afternoon, very few individuals from the Midwest have been included in the awards. 
“The Midwest hasn’t had many selectees. An FBI agent couldn’t remember the last time one was selected from the Midwest, it was five, six, seven years ago. It’s been that long.  Last year someone from Oklahoma City was cited, but as far as our state, this is something that is rare and well-deserved,” he said. 
Emry said Schroeder and “a select group of people” will travel to Washington D.C. to attend the award ceremony where Schroeder will be awarded the medal, either by President Donald Trump or by Vice President Mike Pence. Emry said the date of the ceremony is still unknown. 
An official White House announcement was made shortly after 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. 
More information, as well as remarks from Chief Schroeder will appear in the Aug. 3 edition of The Hesston Record.