27 St. Louis-Area Police Officers Awarded Medals of Valor

Twenty-seven local officers were awarded medals of valor on Thursday, sponsored by the St. Louis Area Police Chiefs Association and The Crusade Against Crime of America, at the Orlando Gardens banquet hall in south St. Louis County.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Twenty-seven local officers were awarded medals of valor on Thursday, sponsored by the St. Louis Area Police Chiefs Association and The Crusade Against Crime of America, at the Orlando Gardens banquet hall in south St. Louis County.
Twenty-seven local officers were awarded medals of valor on Thursday, sponsored by the St. Louis Area Police Chiefs Association and The Crusade Against Crime of America, at the Orlando Gardens banquet hall in south St. Louis County.
St. Louis County Police Department

ST. LOUIS -- Twenty-seven local officers were awarded medals of valor on Thursday, sponsored by the St. Louis Area Police Chiefs Association and The Crusade Against Crime of America, at the Orlando Gardens banquet hall in south St. Louis County.

Officers were commended for gun battles, fiery rescues and hostage negotiations, among other heroics.

North County Police Cooperative Officer Michael Langsdorf won posthumously, after being fatally shot by a man he was trying to arrest at a convenience store in Wellston.

Others honored include:

St. Louis Police Department Officers Glennon Frigerio, James Zwilling, Callahan Hereford, Joseph Rodriguez, Austin Ramsey, Dwight Meeks, Michael Opfer, Nicholas Manasco, Zachary Opel and Ross Devereux

St. Louis Police Department Detectives Orie Figgs, Stephen Walsh, Bryan Lemons and Matthew Burle, Jason Brandhorst and Kyle Santa

Maryland Heights Police Department Officers Cliff House, Kevin Devine and Peyton Archer

St. Louis County Police Department Det. Kevin Martin

U.S. Marshal’s Service Deputy Marshal Sean Mallon

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. James Kausler and Det. Wililam Scott

Bridgeton Police Department Officers William Soppe, Andrew Standiford and Jeffery Piant Jr.

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