The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor is the highest decoration for bravery exhibited by public safety officers in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The six officers honored by Trump were Sgt. William C. Knight and officers Brian Rolfes, Jeremy Campbell, Vincent Carter, Ryan Nabel, David Denlinger.
The same officers were honored by U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, in a Monday evening ceremony at the U.S. Capitol that Whaley attended.
Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl attended. Republicans Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, Ohio Attorney Gen. Dave Yost and others were in attendance for the Medal of Valor ceremony.
Whaley, a Democrat, and President Trump have a frosty relationship.
Trump visited Dayton on Aug. 7 to visit shooting victims and first responders at Miami Valley Hospital. After, Trump claimed Whaley and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, were “misrepresenting what took place inside” the hospital. The press weren’t allowed to witness Trump’s visit with the victims.
Trump said Whaley and Brown’s press conference “bore no resemblance to what took place with those incredible people that I was so lucky to meet and spend time with.”
In fact, Whaley said during that press conference, “I think the victims and the first responders were grateful that the President of the United States came to Dayton.”
After the president’s comments, Whaley called Trump a “bully” and “coward.”