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Gov. Jay Nixon presents Cole County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Suchanek with the Missouri Medal of Valor during a brief ceremony in the governor’s office Thursday. Eight people received the medals Thursday.

Gov. Jay Nixon presents Cole County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Suchanek with the Missouri Medal of Valor during a brief ceremony in the governor’s office Thursday. Eight people received the medals Thursday. Photo by Julie Smith.

For their actions during a shooting last December at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, two local law enforcement officers have received the Missouri Medal of Valor for risking their lives to protect citizens.

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Gov. Jay Nixon presents Cole County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Suchanek with the Missouri Medal of Valor during a brief ceremony in the governor’s office Thursday. Eight people received the medals Thursday.

Curtis Bohanan II, a Jefferson City police officer, and Christopher Suchanek, a Cole County sheriff’s detective, were among eight public safety officers awarded the Missouri Medal of Valor on Thursday by Gov. Jay Nixon.

“The word icon is thrown around far too loosely,” Nixon said from his Capitol office. “These eight officers, each of whom faced dangerous and threatening circumstances, acted without regard for their own safety and focused solely on protecting the public by responding swiftly and heroically.”

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