Thirty-eight members of the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department have been recognized with meritorious awards for various acts of bravery and heroism, and four officers received the Medal of Valor, the highest award bestowed by the chief of police.

The ceremony at the Flight Path Learning Center at Los Angeles International Airport Monday, May 18th was the first time in the airport police force’s 63-year history that it has conducted such an event.

The four officers who received the Medal of Valor were honored for saving the life of a man who was trapped in his burning car following a late night traffic accident near Imperial Highway and Pershing Drive.

Many of the lifesaving awards bestowed involved the use of Automated External Defibrillators. LAX has more of these lifesaving devices than any other public area access point in Los Angeles, airport police said.