Updated: Monday, 20 Jul 2009, 6:07 PM MDT
Published : Monday, 20 Jul 2009, 12:51 PM MDT
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The Sandoval County Sheriff's Department honored a hero Monday, as they posthumously awarded Sgt. Joseph Harris with the courage under fire medal and the medal of valor.
Harris died Thursday after a shootout with a notorious burglar near the Jemez Mountains.
It was a very emotional day for the Harris family. Harris's wife and children received both medals and were thanked for his service to the community.
Harris was a 27 year veteran of law enforcement. He worked for both Sandoval County and Rio Rancho Police.
On Monday, the sheriff spoke about Harris's courage.
"Sacrificing your life and for you unwavering public service and dedication. As our hero in schools and Tonya's superman," Sandoval County Sheriff John Paul Trujillo said.
Deputy Teresa Moriarty, Harris's partner, was also awarded the courage under fire medal for her actions.
Funeral services for Harris will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Santa Ana Star Center.