A St. Louis police officer who died in the line of duty received the state's highest honor Thursday.
Wrap: Governor Jay Nixon awarded the Medal of Valor to eight public safety officers.
St. Louis police officer Daryl Hall was killed in April by gunshots outside a downtown nightclub in St. Louis.
His uncle, Joseph Love, accepted the award on his behalf.
Department of Public Safety Director, Jerry Lee, says Hall's unselfish act is why he received the award.
|Description: "As he had done through his five years of dedicated service to St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Officer Hall honorably served and protected his community."|
Hall is the first person to receive the award posthumously.
Eight public safety officers were awarded the state's highest honor Thursday.
Wrap: Governor Jay Nixon awarded the Medal of Valor for demonstrating exceptional courage.
Director Jerry Lee of the Department of Public Safety says Joseph Heath of St. John's Ambulance Service in Springfield risked his life to save two children from a house fire.
|Description: "Despite the fire's intense heat and thick smoke and his lack of protective clothing and breathing apparatus, medic Heath was able to find one of the children and pass her lifeless body through the window to safety."|
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon awarded eight men the state's highest honor Thursday.
Wrap: Nixon awarded the Medal of Valor to eight public safety officers for risking their lives in the line of duty.
Medic Joseph Heath of St. John's Ambulance Service in Springfield saved two young girls from a house fire in January.
|Description: "It's a great honor, but kind of double-sided because guys do that stuff all over the state every day so it's kind of unique getting picked out and being the one that is recognized."|