WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 22: U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden (L) presents the Medal of Valor to Acting Lieutenant Gerald J. Murphy (2nd L) of the fire department in Brookline, Massachusetts, as ... more 
WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 22: U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden (L) presents the Medal of Valor to Acting Lieutenant Gerald J. Murphy (2nd L) of the fire department in Brookline, Massachusetts, as Attorney General Eric Holder (R) looks on during a ceremony at the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House September 22, 2010 in Washington, DC. The medal is awarded to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect others from harm.. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) less 
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