Chicago hero receives DHS Award for Valor

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Chicago O’Hare Supervisor Transportation Security Officer Eddie Palacios was presented with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Award for Valor for his actions in saving the life of a woman on a subway track last month. Palacios jumped in front of an oncoming commuter train in downtown Chicago to rescue the woman who had stumbled onto the tracks. He was subsequently recognized by TSA Administrator John S. Pistole.

Today, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson presented the new award to Palacios and nine other DHS heroes in a ceremony at the White House. During the ceremony, Johnson, a native New Yorker, referred to Palacios as a “man after my own heart” when reflecting on the 10-year TSA veteran’s actions.

“Eddie’s story and those of the other Award of Valor recipients represent and exemplify the character, integrity, the strength of our men and women in this department,” said Johnson.

“Words can’t even express what I feel,” said Palacios about the honor. “I am proud to wear the TSA uniform.”