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Nominations for the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor program are due on July 31.

The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor is awarded each year by the President or Vice President of the United States to recognize “public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life.” It is the highest national award for valor for a public safety office.

Fire and EMS chiefs are encouraged to nominate members of their departments for this esteemed award. The nominations must be submitted online.

The DOJ Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor program has an informative website that includes information about the program and a two-minute video explaining tips for submitting nominations.

Ken LaSala is the IAFC’s Director of Government Relations and Policy.

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