COLORADO SPRINGS — Officer Cem Duzel returned to Colorado Springs to lead the Procession of Heroes at the annual Medal of Valor Luncheon at the Broadmoor.
Duzel is still recovering from a gunshot wound to the head suffered in the line of duty as he responded to a call for an armed man on Boulder St in August 2018. Duzel now lives in New York State where he continues his rehabilitation efforts.
He was awarded the Colorado Springs Police Department's Medal of Honor and Purple Heart. More than 800 people were on hand to show there support for his recovery.
The event honors Colorado Springs Police Officers who have shown extreme courage, bravery, and dedication.
Officer Duzel is among the 32 sworn officers recognized in this year's event lead by the Police Foundation of Colorado Springs. Learn more about Officer Duzel's service and recovery - click here.
"Events such as this is are critically important, not just for the officers who have gone above and beyond, but also for the community to be able to support the officers," said Kyle Hybl with the Police Foundation of Colorado Springs.
Medal of Valor Recipients
Distinguished Service Award Recipients