Posted at: 01/15/2013 6:58 AM
Updated at: 01/15/2013 11:28 PM
The Greece Police officer who officials say protected other first responders at the scene on Lake Road Christmas Day was honored by the community he regularly services.
The Town of Greece held a public ceremony for Officer John Ritter at the town hall Tuesday.
Ritter was on his way to work Christmas Eve morning when he came upon the scene on Lake Road. He was hit by shrapnel during the shooting. He was able to find cover and call in what was happening to keep other firefighters and police officers away from the scene and out of danger.
Officer Ritter spoke at the ceremony Tuesday.
Officer John Ritter, Greece Police, said, "For the past 19 or so years, I've spent eight hours of my time that I'm awake in the town of Greece and the other eight hours that I'm awake in Webster and then I obviously sleep there. So I have two families and two communities that have shown outpouring support through this whole incident."
There is an online petition to honor Officer Ritter with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It still needs 18,000 signatures for it to even be considered by the White House. If you haven't signed it yet, click here.