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Pampa police officers receive highest honor for bravery


On Monday, three Pampa police officers received a medal of valor; the highest honor for bravery an officer can receive.
On Monday, three Pampa police officers received a medal of valor; the highest honor for bravery an officer can receive.
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On Monday, three Pampa police officers received a medal of valor; the highest honor for bravery an officer can receive.

This high recognition comes in honor of the officers' heroic actions in saving their fellow brother, Sgt. Houston Gass.

In January, Detective Jason Collier, Lieutenant Bo Lake, and Sergeant Tobie Bias, helped to bring Gass medical aid after he was shot in a standoff. Collier and Lake helped drag Gass to safety, while Bias helped by offering suppressive fire.

It was a moment the officers say is painful to recall.

"It was a bad day for everybody and it's just hard to talk about," said Bias.

"That day will be a day I remember for the rest of my life to see my brother get hurt," Collier said.

In the midst of all the chaos that day, though, Bias and Collier say risking their own lives for their fellow brother was second nature.

"Being together today and seeing everybody reliving the story wasn't any fun, but it's kind of relieving," said Bias.

To no surprise, the men say they're no heroes. Sergeant Gass says different.

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"Those guys are truly the heroes of that day," said Gass. "Had it not been for their quick actions, and their thinking, I don't know that I'd be here. I'll forever love those guys for what they did for me that day."

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