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Pampa officers awarded Medal of Valor

Pampa, TX - After nine months, it still isn't easy to think about for Sergeant Bias, Lieutenant Lake, and Detective Collier. 

"It's kind of hard to talk about," said Bias. "It was a bad day for everybody." 

Despite the bad memories, these three men relived January 6th Monday evening. They each received a Medal of Valor, the highest honor an officer can receive, for saving Sergeant Houston Gass. 

"On that particular day, if I wouldn't have had those three brothers next to me, I don't know how things would have turned out," said Gass. "Those guys are truly the heroes that day. Had it not been for their quick action and their thinking, I don't know if I'd be here." 

Earlier this year, the men arrived to a home in Pampa on a domestic disturbance call with reports of shots fired. Sergeant Gass was shot in the face during the events that followed. 

Lieutenant Lake and Detective Collier dragged Gass out of the home, while Sergeant Bias opened cover fire. The three men stayed with Gass until medical professional arrived. 

"They went way above and beyond and I'll forever love those three men for what they did for me that day," said Gass. 

Bias, Collier, and Lake say they were just doing their job that day, while protecting the brotherhood behind the badge. 

"We can make jokes with each other and play with each other, but if you hurt one of us, it's time to do something," said Bias. "Being together today and reliving the story wasn't any fun, but it was kind of a relief." 

Sergeant Gass says he does not expect to head back to work until next fall. 

In other Pampa police news, Chief Kelly Rushing retied Monday afternoon. Chief Rushing retires after 42 years in law enforcement and 6 years as the police chief. 

Detective Collier has also accepted the role as Police Chief for the Sunray Police Department. His last day in Pampa will be on Thursday. 

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