CANONSBURG (KDKA) — Local law enforcement officers were given awards Thursday in Canonsburg at a gathering sponsored by the Pittsburgh chapter of ASIS International.

The group represents law enforcement and security professionals at every level of government.

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Among the eight recipients was Clairton Police Officer James Kuzak, who remains in a wheel chair after being shot and wounded last April while answering a call about a home invasion.

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“To be in a room with so many people that I’ve worked with for the last 18 years and to have them look at me as an inspiration, I couldn’t be more humble,” he told KDKA-TV.

“Ceremonies like this are very heartening, because for every person who gets an award [tonight], there are thousands of others who are just as deserving,” Deputy Pittsburgh Police Chief Paul Donaldson said.

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KDKA-TV was sponsor of the event.