BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB) — A Massachusetts State Police Trooper who was wounded during a shootout in Chicopee last year receives the Medal of Honor.
Trooper John Vasquez received the award during a ceremony on Friday at the State House.
The medal of Honor was given to Trooper Vasquez for performing an act of heroism above and beyond the call of duty.
Trooper Vasquez was one of the first on the scene on April 13, 2012 when a shooter inside a house was firing at police and civilians.
“The cruiser started getting hit first, and obviously I didn’t realize I was getting shot at until I started getting glass in the face and I had nowhere to go,” says Trooper Vasquez.
Then Trooper Vasquez realized he had been hit by the gunfire.
“I felt pain in my left leg, I looked down, my left leg was covered in blood, and then I took a shot through the windshield drivers side which shattered glass in my face that caused me to flinch and then I saw my hand get hit,” says Trooper Vasquez.
As Trooper Vasquez received the Medal of Honor he stood with nine other state troopers, nine members of the Chicopee police department as well as a civilian who all received awards for their bravery on that day.
A number of other Massachusetts State Troopers as well as local police received awards as well for other incidents of bravery in helping to save lives.