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OGDEN — Weber County Sheriff’s Lt. Nathan Hutchinson was one of 22 public safety officers honored for their quick thinking, and selfless and exceptional courage Wednesday at the White House.

Hutchinson was presented the Medal of Valor by Vice President Joe Biden.

“No doubt in my mind that Nate saved lives that night,” said South Ogden Police Chief Darin Parke. “He acted tremendously. For him to be able to get an award and recognition for this was not something he would seek out on his own.”

On Jan. 4, 2012, six officers from the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force were shot while serving a warrant on a suspected drug house when they were ambushed by the homeowner, Matthew David Stewart.

Hutchinson knew he had already been shot twice, was out of ammunition and that a heavily armed gunman was waiting for him inside the house he had just escaped from.

But instead of seeking cover, he ran right back inside without hesitation.

“He put himself just selflessly in harm’s way to save his fellow brothers,” Weber County Sheriff Terry Thompson said.

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