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Three Stamford firefighters receive Medal of Valor

President Biden Awards Public Safety Officer Medals Of Valor To Recipients
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U.S. President Joe Biden awards the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to Firefighter John Colandro as fellow firefighters Michael Rosero and Chad Titus (L) of the Stamford, Connecticut, Fire Department look on during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on May 16, 2022 in Washington, DC. The medals are given for “extraordinary valor above and beyond the call of duty.”

Three Stamford firefighters were at the White House Monday to receive the Medal of Valor from President Biden. John Colandro, Michael Rosero and Chad Titus were honored for their actions during a blizzard last year. The firefighters rescued two people, including one who was trapped in a submerged truck. The firefighters put on scuba gear and jumped into the freezing waters and smashed the rear window to get the driver out. The three men were among 15 public safety officers honored during Monday's ceremony. The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor was created 22 years ago.

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