Philadelphia police renaming valor medal for slain officer

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey called the actions of Officer Robert Wilson III the greatest act of bravery he's seen in 46 years


By Michael R. Sisak
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Police Department is renaming its valor medal in honor of a police officer killed while trying to stop a robbery.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey called the actions of Officer Robert Wilson III the greatest act of bravery he's seen in 46 years.

The remains of Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III are transferred to a horse drawn hearse during a winter rainstorm on Saturday. (AP Image)
The remains of Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III are transferred to a horse drawn hearse during a winter rainstorm on Saturday. (AP Image)

Authorities say Wilson was shot and killed March 5 when two brothers armed with semi-automatic weapons opened fire inside the store where he had stopped to buy a gift for his son and conduct a safety check.

Ramsey said at Wilson's funeral Saturday the slain officer will also receive the department's medal of honor and a posthumous promotion to sergeant.

Wilson is the city's 10th police officer killed in the line of duty in the last 9 years.

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