Things That Matter

This Miami Police Officer Is Finally Getting A Medal Of Valor For His Badass Moment

In 2013, Officer Mario Gutierrez of the Miami-Dade Police Department foiled an attack that could have left many people seriously injured or even dead. Three years later, Gutierrez is being recognized for his bravery in a huge way. After receiving numerous awards for his moment of incredible bravery, Gutierrez is one of 13 police officers being awarded the Medal of Valor by President Obama in 2016.

This is Miami-Dade Police Officer Mario Gutierrez.

CdDaSJFXEAAgXqD
Credit: @MiamiDadePD / Twitter

Gutierrez, 57, has been on the police force for more than two decades. But, don’t let his age fool you. This viejito is a boss that deserves EVERYBODY’s respect.

On Oct. 29, 2013, Gutierrez was on his regular patrol when he stopped at a Shell gas station close to Miami International Airport.

TryingToStartTheFire
Credit: WPLG / ABC / Me Myself & I / YouTube

This random stop on his route would proved to be one of the most fateful moments in the officer’s career.

While at the gas station, Gutierrez noticed a man trying to start a fire by dropping burning newspaper into the two 8,000-gallon tanks of gasoline below the gas station.

TimeToKickAss
Credit: WPLG / ABC / Me Myself & I / YouTube

Gutierrez hit the emergency shut off button to prevent the gasoline from flowing through the tanks as a precaution before confronting the suspect.

Gutierrez tried to subdue the suspect with a taser, but the man became enraged and attacked Gutierrez.

AttackStarts
Credit: WPLG / ABC / Me Myself & I / YouTube

The suspect, later identified as Dominique Jean, stabbed Gutierrez several times with a knife and screwdriver. The attacker even tried to bite Gutierrez’s thumb off. Gutierrez fought back, eventually having to resort to shooting and killing Jean to end the altercation.

Since the gas station attack, Gutierrez has received local and state awards for his bravery and quick thinking that potentially saved lives.

CTecxBlU8AArJYc
Credit: @FLSherrifs / Twitter

Officer Gutierrez just sees it as doing his job and credits his love for family for his fight and survival. “The determination to see my family, that was the most important thing. I did not want to die and never see them again,” Gutierrez told CBS Miami.

Gutierrez definitely has the scars to prove how much he loves to protect his community.

Scars
Credit: WPLG / ABC / Me Myself & I / YouTube

“I love what I do. I love being a policeman. I love serving the community. It’s a calling. It’s a passion,” Gutierrez said, according to NY Daily News.

And now, this badass abuelito has a new award to add to the collection: the Medal of Valor.

Credit: @TVAmyViteri / Twitter

The Medal of Valor is the highest award that public servicemen and women can receive. Recipients are given the award once a year by the president.

And, this year, Gutierrez is one of 13 officers that get to take home one of these prestigious awards. Kudos!

Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 10.45.11 AM
Credit: @MiamiDadePD / Twitter

Watch the video of the attack below:

Credit: New  Video / WSVN-TV / YouTube

READ: Peruvian Police Officer Stops Highway Traffic To Rescue This Adorable Baby Animal

Share this story with your friends by tapping that share button below!

Barack Obama Officially Endorses Joe Biden For President

Things That Matter

Barack Obama Officially Endorses Joe Biden For President

barackobama / Instagram

Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, has officially endorsed Joe Biden for the presidency. President Obama released a video on Twitter calling on people to join him in supporting Biden to be the president of the United States and it broke a viewership record.

President Barack Obama has endorsed Joe Biden for the presidency.

President Obama started his video addressing the COVID-19 crisis by offering prayers to those who have lost loved ones to the deadly virus. The former president spoke eloquently about the importance of the leadership the doctors and healthcare workers offered.

“Michelle and I have been amazed at the incredible bravery of our medical professionals who are putting their lives on the line to save others; the public servants and health officials battling this disease; the workers taking risks every day to keep our economy running and everyone who is making their own sacrifice at home with their families all for the greater good,” Obama says in the video. “But if there is one thing we have learned as a country from moments of great crisis, it is that the spirit of looking out for one another can’t be restricted to our homes or our workplaces or our neighborhoods or our houses of worship it also has to be reflected in our national government the kind of leadership that is guided by knowledge and experience, honesty and humility, empathy and grace.”

“That kind of leadership doesn’t just belong in our state capitals and mayor’s offices, it belongs in the White House, and that is why I am so proud to endorse Joe Biden for president of the United States,” Obama continues.

President Obama followed up the tweet by asking people to join him in supporting Obama.

“Choosing Joe to be my vice president was one of the best decisions I ever made, and he became a close friend, and I believe Joe has all of the qualities we need in a president right now,” Obama says. “He is someone who’s own life has taught him how to persevere, how to bounce back when you have been knocked down.”

Obama adds: “Joe has the character and the experience to guide us through one of our darkest times and heal us through a long recovery, and I know he will surround himself with good people experts, scientists, military officials who actually know how to run the government and care about doing a good job running the government and know how to work with our allies and who will always put the American people’s interests above their own.”

Followers were quick to thank President Obama for his endorsement.

Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee for president after Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race last week. Sen. Sanders suspended his campaign for the Democratic nomination citing Biden’s delegate lead.

President Obama did make a point to call out what he sees as a lack of leadership but in a way only he can.

“Right now we need Americans of goodwill to unite in a great awakening against a politics that too often has been characterized by corruption, carelessness, self-dealing, disinformation, ignorance and just plain meanness and to change that we need Americans of all political stripes to get involved in our politics and our public life like never before,” Obama says in the full quote. “For those of us who believe in building a more just, more generous, more democratic America where everybody has a fair shot at opportunity, for those of us who believe in a government that cares about the many and not just the few, for those of us who love this country and are willing to do our part to make sure it lives up to its highest ideals now is the time to fight for what we believe in.”

The endorsement video broke a Twitter viewership record in the first 24 hours.

As of 4 p.m. PST April 14, the endorsement video had more than 5 million views. This kind of digital exposure for the Biden campaign is a major victory. The Biden campaign has long been plagued by an inefficient and lackluster outreach, especially in the digital space. President Obama has an audience of millions on Twitter offering the Biden campaign a larger digital presence than before the endorsement video.

Some followers are just grateful for President Obama’s willingness to speak up for a candidate.

What do you think about President Obama’s endorsement?

READ: Bernie Sanders Endorses Joe Biden And Calls On Supporters To Join Him

Latino Police Officer In New Jersey Is Setting Up Drive-By Birthdays And The Children Are Loving Them

Culture

Latino Police Officer In New Jersey Is Setting Up Drive-By Birthdays And The Children Are Loving Them

Fair Lawn Police Department / Facebook

The various lockdown orders across the country are forcing children to stay home during their birthdays. This also means that people aren’t able to come over the celebrate with them. One police officer in New Jersey is making what could be a sad time for the kids a time to remember.

Police officer Luis Vasquez is giving children in Fair Lawn, New Jersey a birthday to remember while in quarantine.

The Fair Lawn Police Department is joining other departments in performing birthday drive-bys. If you have a child ages 10 or younger, celebrating a birthday during this self-quarantine, please reach out to P.O. Luis Vasquez at lvasquez@fairlawnpd.com We will make every effort to set up a social distancing celebratory drive-by with lights and sirens! Hopefully, this will help make your child's day a little brighter like Javen in this video 💙 Happy Birthday Javen 🎈===========#flpd #ourcommunity

Posted by Fair Lawn Police Department on Monday, April 6, 2020

How awesome is that? It is clear that the children are really enjoying the special show of love and celebration for their birthdays. They might not be able to jump in a bouncy castle with their friends but they can still feel special with first responders giving them a special show.

The gesture is warming hearts all over in the comments section.

Credit: Fair Lawn Police Department / Facebook

It truly does look so incredibly special. All of that special attention coming from the heroes children look up to is amazing.

Some people familiar with the police department are sending P.O. Vasquez some special love.

Credit: Fair Lawn Police Department / Facebook

It is very sweet to know that one man in the department is making sure that children have memorable birthdays right now. It is clear that P.O. Vasquez is really looking after his community during some of the craziest times.

People are touched by how generous the police department is with their time in making everyone’s birthday better.

Credit: Fair Lawn Police Department / Facebook

This is a very generous and kind gesture to give to the community. There is no doubt a lot of people who are scared of everything happening in the world right now and having some special attention on your birthday must feel nice.

Happy birthday to every person spending their special day in quarantine. We love you.

READ: A Woman Threw A Lowrider-Themed Party For Her Son’s First Birthday And It’s Just Too Much For Our Hearts