President Barack Obama Honors Boston’s Finest at the White House

President Obama shakes hands with Brayden Gero, the son of Boston Police Officer Jarrod Gero during a ceremony to honor the nation's top cops.

President Barack Obama Honors Boston’s Finest: During a ceremony sponsored by the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden recently welcomed several Boston Police Officers to the White House in order to recognize and honor them as some of the best and bravest law enforcement officers in the country. The officers from Boston were recognized for their heroic efforts during last year’s Boston Marathon which culminated in the arrest and capture of the two individuals responsible for the attack.

Boston Police Officers Omar Borges, Gregory R. Eunis, Jarrod Gero, Jean Gerard Jean Louis, Terence Long, Gregory McCormick, Richard G. Moriarty, John Moynihan, John M. Noberini, Jason A. Nuñez, Scott Pulchansingh, Walter J. Suprey and Detectives Kenneth M. Conley, Joseph G. Scaringello and Sergeant Detective Kevin E. Waggett traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the ceremony.

Said President Obama: “We’re here today to welcome and congratulate our guests of honor, America’s Top Cops of 2014, and to thank their families - their spouses, moms, dads, sons, daughters who love and support these heroes every single step of the way. We know it takes a lot of courage to be a cop, but it also takes a lot of courage to love a cop and to send them off to work every single day with a hug and a prayer for their safety. So all of you are heroes in my book, as well.  The 53 officers, detectives, patrolmen, special agents and troopers that we celebrate today are America’s Finest - the best of the best.  They hail from different parts of the country, and different events brought them here today. But they share one important thing in common.  When the moment came - when the shooting started, or a bomb went off, or a hostage was taken, or a child screamed for help - they did not hesitate. They went into action. They ran toward the danger - not away from it.  And they risked their lives to save the lives of others. And that’s why Americans everywhere owe a debt to our nation’s law enforcement. So on behalf of all the American people, we thank you.  There are people alive today because of you.  You may not even know their names, but we do, and we’re proud of you.  God bless you.  God bless your families, and God bless the United States of America.”

Added Vice President Biden: “The officers we have here today have been singled out for going above and beyond the call of duty, and we commend each and every one of them.  And from my perspective, there’s no greater honor that a law enforcement officer could have than being recognized and nominated by his fellow officers -- because you all know what real courage is. You all know what kind of steel in your spine it takes to make the decisions that the men standing behind me have made.”

The Top Cops award was created in 1994 to pay tribute to law enforcement officers for actions above and beyond the call of duty.