President Obama to Honor Slain Philadelphia Police Sergeant Robert Wilson III With Medal of Valor

Robert Wilson III, the Philadelphia police sergeant killed during a robbery at a video game store last year, will be honored by President Obama with the Medal of Valor, the administration said Friday.

Obama will bestow the honor posthumously to Wilson and 12 other officers at The White House on Monday. Wilson's family is expected to be in attendance.

The medal was commissioned by Congress in 2001 to honor first responders who showed exceptional courage while working to preserve human life.

The 30-year-old father was killed on March 5, 2015 when two men attempted to rob a North Philadelphia GameStop store.


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Wilson was inside the store in full uniform when the men entered and announced a robbery. The officer got into a shoot out with them while protecting store staff and customers. Wilson was struck six times by gunfire and later died.

The officer's alleged killers 29-year-old Carlton Hipps and 25-year-old Ramone Williams face murder charges.

Wilson is the lone fallen officer to receive the award this year.

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