Deputy Jon Tomer received the top award at the ceremony, accepting both the Medal of Valor and Purple Heart for responding to a call at an apartment in Aliso Viejo.
"I'm hoping I didn't do anything more than any other cop would have done," Tomer said after the ceremony. Because of an ongoing investigation into the incident, he could not comment specifically on the actions he was recognized for.
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