ROCKFORD (WREX) -- Four officers who were the first to respond to a mass shooting at Don Carter Lanes on December 26 all receive Medals of Valor from the Rockford Police Department.
In a Wednesday ceremony, Officers Jacoby Barron, Fallon Watton, Kelly Hormig and Brendan Moore were honored. The four also received game-worn Rockford IceHogs jerseys with their names on the back from the recent first responders' night.
Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea said the four ran into gunfire, disregarding their own safety, to save others.
"To say that they responded, really doesn't cover it," Chief O'Shea said. "Anybody who's watched the videos and seen how they responded is A) a credit to them and B) is a credit to our training that takes place here every year."
Chief O'Shea said a lot of other officers were involved and did help, but video shows these four were the first and went above and beyond.
"To say it's heroic is an understatement," the Chief added.