Officer Who Ended Mall Attack Becomes 1st Minnesotan Awarded Congressional Badge of Bravery

April 05, 2018 04:48 PM

The police officer who jumped into action during a 2016 attack at Crossroads Center in St. Cloud was honored on Thursday.

Avon police Officer Jason Falconer received a Congressional Badge of Bravery for his actions on that September 2016 day. Falconer was off duty when 22-year-old Dahir Adan stabbed and injured 10 people at the mall.

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Falconer shot and killed Adan to stop the attack.

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"Actually, I thought (the recognition) was all said and done and over – then we have this," Falconer said. "I just want to thank everybody."

Falconer is the first Minnesotan to receive the Congressional Badge of Bravery. The award honors exceptional acts of bravery in the line of duty by federal, state, and local law enforcement officers. Congress approved the award in 2008. 

Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, along with Rep. Tom Emmer, attended Wednesday's ceremony.

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