Family of Slain Sgt. Robert Wilson III Accepts Medal of Valor from President Obama

Philadelphia Police Sgt. Robert Wilson III, the officer killed in the line of duty last year during a botched robbery at a North Philadelphia store, received the Medal of Valor posthumously on Monday.

Wilson's family accepted the medal for him from President Obama during a ceremony at the White House.

Wilson is one of 13 officers to receive the medal this year, but the lone fallen officer honored. His partner, Officer Damien Stevenson, was honored with a "Top Cop" award presented by the National Association of Police Organizations over the weekend.

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

Wilson, a 30-year-old father, was killed on March 5, 2015 when two men attempted to rob a North Philadelphia GameStop store. Wilson was inside the store in full uniform buying his son a birthday gift when the two armed robbers entered and announced a holdup.

The officer got into a shoot out with the two gunmen, diverting gunfire away from 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, have been charged with murder and a slew of related offenses in his death. Both are scheduled to appear in court again in July.

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