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Vice President Dick Cheney awards Washington, D.C., Amtrack Police Officer Rodney Lee Chambers the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Award Thursday, July 14, 2005, during a ceremony in the Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The Medal of Valor is awarded to public safety officers cited by the Attorney General for extraordinary courage above and beyond the call of duty. Officer Chambers was on patrol June 9, 2003, at Union Station when reports came in regarding a man seen with a grenade. After Officer Chambers located and stopped the subject , the man pulled the pin. Officer Chambers grabbed the grenade and squeezed it, not allowing it to detonate. Officer Chambers waited roughly 20 minutes for the bomb disposal officers to arrive and dispose of the device. The device was later determined to be inoperable, yet this was unknown to Chambers at the time of the incident. White House photo by David Bohrer

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