SFPD's finest recognized


By John Koopman
The San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. The police medal of valor is an expensive little decoration. At a minimum, it represents months of hard work, or moments of sheer terror. In some cases, it represents violent death.

The San Francisco Police Department awarded its medals of valor Thursday night. Three officers received the department's highest award: the gold medal of valor. Those three medals resulted from actions on the street that resulted in one dead police officer and two dead suspects.

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