CAMP SMITH, CORTLANDT MANOR, NY -- New York Army National Guard Soldier Sgt. Martin Gonzalez poses after receiving the New York State Medal of Valor in a ceremony here Nov. 17. While working as a police officer for the village of Liberty, N.Y. in 2011, Gonzalez and two other officers helped rescue two people trapped in a collapsed building. The Medal of Valor is presented for acts of valor, heroism, courage or gallantry in either a civilian or a military capacity, and is the highest state award a member of the National Guard can receive. (courtesy photo)