13 awards went out to "uncommon heroes" Friday, at the 21st Annual Medal of Valor Luncheon. One recipient, fallen Colorado Springs Police Officer Jared Jensen, was awarded the Police Cross. Fittingly, Jensen's widow Natalie Jensen opened the luncheon with the National Anthem, a song dedicated to heroes like Jensen and heroes unsung.
"Many other brave souls take to the streets daily and put themselves at risk," said Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera. "They face those who wish to harm the citizens of Colorado Springs."
Of 13 awards given, 7 were Medals of Valor-- tokens of thanks for service beyond the call of duty in a community where Rivera says gratitude speaks for itself.
"Perhaps the greatest compliment we can pay our officers is that we feel safe enough to carry on with our lives every single day."
And every single day, shine those who may not wear a badge, but are heroes none the less. Heroes like the ladies of Quilts From The Heart, winner of this year's Citizen's Appreciation Award. Members of the group make quilts for children who have been displaced from their homes because of methamphetamine labs. And like the quilts fashioned by those heroes, perhaps every hero is different-- from the man who laid down his life, to his widow who holds her head up high and every man and woman who dares to help someone in need. In all, 7 Medals Of Valor, 1 Police Cross, 2 Police Awards, and 3 Distinguished Service Awards were presented at the luncheon.