Medal of Valor

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For the first time ever, Missouri’s Medal of Valor has been awarded posthumously.

During a ceremony today at the State Capitol, Missouri's highest public safety honor was given to the late Daryl Hall of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.  He was fatally shot on April 24th, 2011, while off-duty as he responded to gunfire outside a downtown nightclub.  Hall returned fire and also fatally shot the gunman.  Joseph Love, Hall’s uncle, says he’s not surprised that his nephew put himself in harm’s way to protect others.

(via Flickr/Missouri Department of Public Safety)

Eight law enforcement officers have received Medal of Valor awards from Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon for acts of heroism - among them are officers from the St. Louis region.

Nixon presented the medals Wednesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol. The annual awards are based on the recommendation of a special review board.

The medal recipients for actions that occurred in 2010 are: