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President Obama shakes the hand of Brayden Gero, whose father is Boston Police Officer Jarrod Gero. / AFP/Getty Images

Whether it's a shooting, a bombing or a hostage situation, the nation's top police officers have one thing in common, President Obama said Monday.

"They run toward the danger, not away from it," Obama said during a White House ceremony for award-winning police officers from across the country.

Obama and Vice President Biden honored the 2014 "Top Cops," a total of 53 officers selected by the National Association of Police Organizations.

The awards reflected life-threatening incidents ranging from hand-to-hand combat with an armed suspect to the Boston Marathon bombing to the Washington Navy Yard shooting.

Biden also spoke to the assembled police officers, calling them "an inspiration" and "the best of the best."



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