Sgt. Robert Wilson III was honored at a ceremony at the White House with family and President Obama in attendance. Sgt. Wilson was killed in 2015 in an attempt to stop a robbery.
“Please know how deeply sorry we are for your loss, how grateful we are for Sgt. Wilson’s service,” Obama said to Wilson’s grandmother Constance Wilson, his sister Shakira Burroughs and his brother Dareon Wilson.
Wilson is the first Philadelphian to receive the award and was among 13 other officers honored in the ceremony on Monday for actions in 2013, 2014 and 2015. All of the recipients, Obama stated, acted on instinct.
“This is an award that none of them sought,” he said. “And if they could go back in time I suspect they’d prefer none of this had happened.”
Wilson’s grandmother accepted the medal on her grandson’s behalf.