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WMATA to honor Transit Police Department members, award Medal of Valor

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s metro Transit Police Department plans June 5, 6 and 7 to honor 57 officers and officials for their "distinguished and meritorious service" over the past year, according to a prepared statement.

Officers will be honored for actions in the line of duty, which include:

• Outstanding leadership skills and command presence during suicide attempts;

• intervention during a Christmas Day kidnapping and an assault with an attempt to kill;

• Special Response Team members’ successful and safe apprehension of fugitives; and

• a police sketch artist’s unique abilities (sketches have been disseminated throughout law enforcement and civilian communities.

At a ceremony to be held June 6 at Metro Headquarters’ Police Training Classroom, WMATA will award the Medal of Valor posthumously to Officer Marlon Morales. The medal recognizes a transit police officer’s "extraordinary act of courage or bravery above and beyond the call of duty."

While serving the Field Operations Bureau, Morales was on patrol June 10 when he was summoned by a station manager to resolve a fare dispute. While Morales was conducting a field interview, the subject pulled a handgun, wounding the officer. The subject escaped and was apprehended days later in Philadelphia. Morales died from his injury June 13.

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