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Ex-St. Louis officer killed at pawn shop to be honored

March 25, 2021 GMT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A retired St. Louis police officer who died during a night of violent protests last year will be posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor Citizen Honors Award.

Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri on Thursday announced the honor for David Dorn. Only five people receive the award each year, based on selection by a panel assembled by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

Dorn was killed in June by people who had broken into Lee’s Pawn & Jewelry. His death came on a night of protests that followed George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Hours earlier, four St. Louis officers were shot and dozens of businesses were damaged. The injured officers survived.

Dorn was a retired police captain and was a friend of the pawn shop owner. His widow has said Dorn frequently checked on the shop when alarms went off.

Hawley said the award recipients are chosen because they exemplify the values embodied in the Medal of Honor: courage, sacrifice, commitment, integrity, citizenship and patriotism.