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LIBERTY, MO (KCTV) -
At Friday's Awards for Valor, dozens of police officers from across the metro were honored.
"We see so much negative, it's nice to hear a good positive thing. And it's nice to hear all the other stories of all the other officers, what they do too," said Liberty Police Officer Robert Bratcher.
Every officer had their own story.
"I remember it being boring until we heard the fire tones go out at about three in the morning. We usually don't all respond to a fire, but we got dispatched, so we knew it was serious," Bratcher said.
Bratcher and fellow Liberty police officer Wendi Mason were some of the first to respond to the Days Inn fire last December.
"We could see people through the windows, they didn't seem to understand that the building was on fire," Bratcher said.
"It was almost seamless how we worked together, the firefighters didn't ask us to evacuate people, we just did it because they were busy fighting the fire," Mason added.
Mason and Bratcher and several Clay County deputies got everyone out safely.
Olathe officer John Forcier responded to what seemed to be a routine traffic call.
"We were dispatched to a wrong way driver. I located the car, there was nobody in the car," Forcier said.
Forcier found who he was looking for inside a nearby Dollar General.
"As he came around the corner I ordered him to stop. Then he pointed a gun at me and I took cover in fear of my life and returned fire," Forcier said.
Forcier received his Award for Valor for standing between an armed suspect and shoppers, one of whom was 8 months pregnant.
"I'm very honored to receive it, proud of the other recipients. For me though, it's my job. I don't expect to go out every day and receive an award. I'm honored to be a recipient," Forcier said.
He added calls like that demonstrate how dangerous any call on any day can be.
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