Courage Under Fire: 2 CHP Officers Receive National Honors

California Highway Patrol officers Sean Haller and Rafael Rivera on Wednesday received the highest national award for law enforcement officers and firefighters in Washington, D.C.

The two were given the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor for their heroics during a February 2010 a shootout that killed two police officers and the gunman in Minkler -- about 20 miles east of Fresno.

Haller and Rivera were presented the honor by Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder.

In a statement issued this morning, Rep. Jim Costa congratulated the two, and all public safety officers, for putting their lives on the line every day.

"Although no award can fully show our depth of gratitude for their dedicated, heroic service, this honor shows that we recognize and appreciate the risks they take for our safety," Cosat said. "Officers Haller and Rivera went above and beyond the call of duty to rescue a fallen officer during a February 2010 firefight in Fresno County. Their work to protect and serve represents the best of our state and nation."

Haller and Rivera were among 18 public safety officers nationwide to receive the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor.