G.W. Bailey
LAPD honors 14 officers for exceptional bravery
LAPD honors officers for bravery

Veteran Los Angeles Police Officer Don Thompson was heading to his assignment with the LAPD's bomb squad when he saw a car barrel across several lanes of the 405 Freeway, strike the center divider and burst into flames. Thompson slammed on his brakes, jumped out of his vehicle and ran to the burning car. The doors were badly damaged. The large man inside was unconscious. ------------ FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article said that Det. Gerald Sawyer was gunned down this year. He was killed in 1973. ------------ "As I pulled at him, I could see the flames coming from behind him. I could feel heat on my skin," Thompson recalled. The officer was barely...