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Local Deputy Receives Medal of Honor

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A Sergeant with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office received a huge honor Friday, over a year after getting shot in the line of duty.

Sergeant David Peterson of Corvallis received the first Governor’s Medal of Honor since it was created in 2005.

A fugitive shot Peterson three times last year during a multi-agency police chase. A Salem police officer was also hurt.

Peterson says the award is about the sacrifices first responders make to keep the public safe.

“This isn’t about me as an individual,” Peterson said. “There were so many people who did certain things. Had they not done that one thing, I would be dead. And they deserve the true recognition.”

Peterson is still recovering, but he says he wants to go back to work as soon as possible.

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