Cleveland has seen nonstop protest since the Tamir Rice shooting death, and things got worse for the city when the Department of Justice found that Cleveland police have a history of excessive force.

Community groups are currently asking several administrators to step down, but Thursday night, the CPD wanted to honor the heroes among their department.

“The last few weeks for us have been challenging, but tonight is not challenging. Tonight is a happy occasion,” said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.

Heroes like the six officers honored for pulling a handicapped driver out of a burning car in June.

“We were able to extract him just before the vehicle went up in flames,” said patrol officer Kevin Kincaid. “It felt good, but it’s something that any single person who wears this patch and this badge would’ve done on any given day.”

But these good guys can sometime be overshadowed by the headlines in Cleveland and those all over the country.

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