Sumit Sulan was for shooting a convicted felon who killed two of his colleagues when the trio was investigating a domestic-violence call.
A 27-year-old Indian-origin New York Police Department (NYPD) officer and nine others were honoured by US President Joe Biden with the Medal of Valor, the country’s highest award for public safety officers.
Sumit Sulan was honoured at a White House ceremony for shooting a convicted felon who killed two of his colleagues when the trio were investigating a domestic-violence call in New York City in January.
According to the police, three policemen — Mr Sulan, Jason Rivera, 22 and Wilbert Mora, 27, visited the Harlem neighbourhood in New York to investigate a 911 call from a distressed woman whose grown-up son threatened her and his brother.
The convicted felon ambushed the three officers, shooting at Rivera and Mora, who later died of their injuries. Sulan was praised by the US president at the May 17 ceremony for swiftly jumping into action, despite being a rookie with the NYPD at that time.
Nine brave Americans were bestowed the Medal of Valor – the highest award US gives to a public safety officer.