Savannah-Chatham Metro Police went back a few years to honor the seven members of the SWAT team for their courage on the night of Feb. 17, 2007 in Garden City.
"This is a standoff where a gentleman had taken some shots at his wife," said Lt. Robert Gavin. "He had barricaded himself in a home in Garden City."
Police said the man barricaded himself in his home on Azalea Avenue after he got into a fight with his wife and shot at her.
"After negotiations had failed and he wouldn't come out of the residence, the SWAT team entered and he brandished a weapon at the SWAT team. We returned fire and got him medical attention," said Lt. Gavin.
While this happened many years ago, the risk they took that night remains the same. Lt. Gavin said he is proud of his team and thankful for the recognition.
"It's a honor to receive it. None of us look for awards like this but getting recognition later on, is a nice thing to have," said Lt. Gavin.
Chief Tolbert presented each SWAT team member a medal of valor for demonstrating exceptional bravery and risking their lives.
Eight officers received medals of valor for their acts of heroism; one officer severely injured by a suspect received a purple heart.
Six other officers received medals for saving the lives of citizens, and three officers, plus a K9, received medals of merit for their exceptional devotion to duty.