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Valdosta officers honored for bravery

By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -   For the first time in 15 years, a Valdosta police officer was recognized for being shot in the line of duty.

Patrol Officer Brian Becton received the Purple Heart. Becton was shot three times when he responded to a call of suspicious activity before dawn on December 8th in the 2100 bock of Mathis Drive.

Officer Joe Hurley received an Award of Merit for helping Becton. "It actually started out as a foot chase," said Hurley. "Becton began to run after him. We chase people a good bit! I was right behind him when it happened. I heard the shots and instinct kicked in."

Officer Becton is still recovering from his injuries and is expected to be back on the job within the next few months.

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