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“Officer Kaohou is a hero whose brave action in the face of danger saved many lives in the San Bernardino terror attack. In recognition of his selfless courage and dedication to his fellow law enforcement officers, I am deeply honored to present Officer Kaohou with the Congressional Badge of Bravery.” – Rep. Raul Ruiz, MD (CA-36).
BEAUMONT – On Aug. 17, Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36); Julie Chávez Rodríguez, state director for U.S. Sen. Kamala D. Harris; and Enrique J. Armenta, community outreach director for U.S. Congressman Pete Aguilar (CA-31) presented the Congressional Badge of Bravery to Officer Nicholas Koahou for his extraordinary acts of bravery and willingness to save the lives of others, without regard to his own personal safety at the San Bernardino terror attack. Officer Kaohou was previously awarded the Medal of Valor by Gov. Jerry Brown and Sen. Harris during her tenure as attorney general.
“Officer Kaohou demonstrated unparalleled valor and courage by risking his own safety and well-being, while on the frontlines of grave threats,” said Sen. Harris. “His bravery embodies the spirit of public service and represents the absolute best that Americans in these noble professions have to offer in the face of terror.”
“Officer Kaohou is a hero whose brave action in the face of danger saved many lives in the San Bernardino terror attack. In recognition of his selfless courage and dedication to his fellow law enforcement officers, I am deeply honored to present Officer Kaohou with the Congressional Badge of Bravery,” said Dr. Ruiz. “We commemorate his actions with a decoration awarded for exceptional acts of bravery in the line of duty and we remember those innocent lives lost with great sorrow in our hearts. We must all dedicate ourselves to compassion, unity, and community in their honor.”
“Officer Koahou’s courageous actions in response to the attack at the Inland Regional Center helped end the violence and prevent further loss of life. He bravely put his life on the line to save his fellow officer and fearlessly fought to bring down the assailants,” said Rep. Aguilar. “Our community is lucky to have the best and bravest in our local law enforcement, protecting our residents. Officer Koahou is a hero and so incredibly deserving of this prestigious honor.”
On Dec. 2, 2015, the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino was attacked by two assailants armed with assault rifles. At one point in the exchange of gunfire, Officer Koahou was shot in the left leg after taking a prone position to rescue a pinned-down deputy. Despite his severe wound, Officer Koahou continued to return fire and assist in the attack.