11 Federal Officers Awarded Medal of Valor
The Los Angeles Chapter of the Federal Bar Assn. awarded the Medal of Valor to 11 federal law enforcement officers Monday in the first such salute. The 11 were lauded for their “bravery and courage under fire.”
Three officers--Special Agents George Montoya and Paul Seema with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Keith Connelly with the Immigration and Naturalization Service--were killed in the line of duty.
Other special agents honored were: Pamela J. Baird, U.S. Customs Service; FBI agents Wylie B. Cox III, John M. O’Neil Jr. and James T. Burns; INS agent Ted Jordan, and Rebecca Fernandez, Lee Mellor and Larry Thomason, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
The Federal Bar Assn. is a national organization of attorneys and judges who practice law in the federal court system.