XENIA — For the first time in more than two decades, the Xenia Police Division has awarded the Medal of Valor.
Officers Marc Margioras, Jeff Moore, and Brian Atkins each received the award for their actions during an armed robbery and kidnapping that occurred on July 2, 2013.
The Medal of Valor is awarded for an act which involves extreme risk to the life of an employee and which is performed above and beyond the call of duty. Only two other officers had previously been recognized with the honor, according to a release from the police division.
“It was very humbling,” Moore said. “I didn’t know that we had not given one in 25 years. I knew I was going to get an award, I just didn’t know what.”
The Medal of Valor — generally conferred as a result of a high-risk operation — was the logical choice.
The incident occurred at Game Stop. Margioras spotted the person who fit the wanted person’s description. The alleged robber turned from the officer and showed what appeared to be a gun in his waistband and took off running. In their cruiser, Moore and Atkins were able to cut off the suspect who began to fire into the cruiser. The two began to return fire before Margioras re-positioned himself and hit the suspect once. The suspect put many people at risk that day including grave risk to several officers, according to the police division release.
“I was the first person he shot at,” Moore said. “I was the passenger in the cruiser. He fired three rounds into my general area. I put my hands on Brian (Atkins), it was kind of like to protect him. I was very proud of not only myself but the other two officers. Just proud of our actions, how we were all safe afterwards and kept the community safe.”
According to the release “These officers were recognized for their outstanding and decisive actions during this quickly unfolding situation. Each of their actions played a vital role in all of the officers surviving this critical incident.”
Scott Halasz covers Xenia and Greene County for the Xenia Daily Gazette. He can be reached at 937-502-4507.