President Obama praised the nation’s police officers for everyday acts of courage, saying they often rush into danger to do “some really tough stuff,” the Associated Press reports. In a White House ceremony Saturday honoring some of the bravest officers, he said the U.S. need look no further than the Boston Marathon bombings to know what police are made of: “Police officers [ ] running towards explosions not knowing if there was something more on the way. Law enforcement from different agencies in different parts of the country working together as one united team to identify suspects and bring them to justice.”
Obama was flanked by award recipients, many in uniform, with families, friends and other officers looking on from the audience in the East Room. The annual ceremony honored 43 law enforcement officers who are recipients of the National Association of Police Organizations TOP COPS award.