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Police and civilian heroes honored Thursday

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - San Diego police officers and citizen heroes were honored Thursday.

An awards ceremony was held to recognize those who take action when it's needed most. Among the honorees were two police officers who took down a gunman in a Barrio Logan firefight last year.

Both Officer Nicholas Link and Officer Alex Hesselgesser were in the line of fire and facing a man with an assault weapon. Officer Link says that's when training takes over.

"Move to cover, draw a weapon and prepare to fire back. Prepare to engage him to disrupt his ambush and get back in the fight," he said.

Both officers received the medal for valor.

Other awards passed out include the life-saving citation and the citizen certificate of appreciation.

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