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Navy Yard shooting heroes honored at police awards ceremony

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Several men who helped save lives during the deadly Navy Yard shooting last September were honored at an award ceremony. (Source: WJLA/CNN) Several men who helped save lives during the deadly Navy Yard shooting last September were honored at an award ceremony. (Source: WJLA/CNN)

WASHINGTON, DC (WJLA/CNN) – At the Washington, DC Police Department's annual awards ceremony, the heroes of the deadly Navy Yard shooting last September were honored for their bravery.

The first officer honored was DC police officer Scott Williams, who led one of the initial active shooter teams. The gunman shot him multiple times in both legs. He received one of the highest awards.

"When I was in the hospital, it really means a lot when you're down and out, to have people looking out for you, praying for you, so thank you," Williams said.

Navy special agents Brian Kelley and Ed Martin pulled a wounded Williams to safety and carried him down three flights of stairs.

Then, DC officer Dorian Desantis headed into harm's way. The gunman shot Desantis in the chest. His body armor stopped the round and Desantis fired back, taking out the gunman and bringing an end to the tragedy. He received the other highest award.

"I appreciate it," Desantis said. "It's been a real team effort all the way across the board. Not with just NPD, but out other fellow agencies as well, and thank you very much."

U.S. Park police officers Andrew Wong and Carl Hiott were honored for providing cover and engaging the shooter in the final gun battle.

For their heroic helicopter rescue of the injured from the roof of the building, the U.S. Park police helicopter team was also awarded. The pilot, Sgt. Kenneth Burchell, and his crew Sgt. David Tolson and Officer Michael Abate, were also awarded.

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