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Officers, civilians honored by Texas police

Twenty-eight police officers received kudos for assisting area residents and at times risking their own lives

By Adriana M. Chávez
El Paso Times

Twenty-eight El Paso police officers received kudos on Wednesday for assisting area residents -- at times putting their own lives at risk while doing so.

Almost two dozen civilians were also honored during the annual El Paso Police Department awards ceremony, which took place at the Chamizal National Memorial.

The department's top honors, the Medal of Valor and the Purple Heart Award, went to Officer Paul McDowell, who fatally shot and killed a man who allegedly attacked him.

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