Trump awards Oregon trooper the nation’s highest police honor

Oregon State Police Capt. Tim Fox, left, and Superintendent Travis Hampton stand and clap as Trooper Nic Cederberg is awarded the Medal of Valor by President Donald Trump. (Aubrey Wieber/Salem Reporter)

SALEM - Oregon State Police Trooper Nic Cederberg stood in the White House on Wednesday afternoon as President Donald Trump adorned his neck with the nation’s highest honor for his profession.

On the other side of the country at the department’s headquarters, more than 20 of his OSP colleagues, including Superintendent Travis Hampton, watched live as Cederberg received the National Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor.

The room was silent as Trump recounted Cederberg’s heroism, save the squeaking of ballistic vests and equipment as officers squirmed in their chairs. Then, an exclamation.

“Yeah!” Hampton cheered as Trump cited Cederberg. The room filled with . . .