Obama awarding medal to officer who stopped 'Draw Muhammad' attack
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President Obama will award the Medal of Valor to the Garland, Texas, police officer who stopped the attack on a “Draw Muhammad” contest last year, according to The Dallas Morning News.


Traffic cop Gregory Stevens was working security for the event when he took down two gunmen outside an anti-Muslim event last May.

The two men, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, were inspired by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and considered terrorists by the FBI.

The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor is the highest national honor awarded to police officers. It is awarded annually by the president to those who have “exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in an attempt to save or protect human life,” according to the White House.