By Jenn Jacques
After displaying an act of incredible heroism August 22, 2014, the National Rifle Association has named San Bernardino police Officer Marcus Pesquera their 2015 NRA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
Pesquera and his Field Training Officer Gabe Garcia, a six-year veteran, were on patrol in San Bernardino’s westside when they came across a group of people gathered around a car, apparently drinking.
Pesquera had graduated the police academy just seven weeks earlier.
“We were trying to be proactive on patrol when we found ourselves driving down 19th Street, making our way down Garner Avenue,” Pesquera recalled. “It was a bumpy, unpaved road when we saw a car with its lights on and people just hanging out.”
Both officers stepped out from their patrol car to see what the group was doing.
That moment the unthinkable happened. One person in the group armed with a high powered assault rifle opened fire on the unsuspecting officers.
“Gabe had his gun drawn, so I drew my weapon,” Pesquera said in an earlier interview. “Then I heard shots ring out. I went to the ground to gain cover as I was taking fire.”
Source:: Bearing Arms