TRENTON - Two local officers are being honored for putting their lives on the line to save a victim of a violent crime.
Detective Edgar Rios and his partner James Letts were ambushed last August by an armed man accused of beating his girlfriend.
Both men were shot, but somehow managed to protect the woman and return fire, killing the suspect.
The months that followed have brought painful recovery, but also an outpouring of support.
"I really appreciated all the support from the community and from everyone in general," Rios says. "It was very nice."
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There was a blood drive organized by fellow first responders, and recently both Rios and Letts were honored with a Top Cops award from a national law enforcement group.
They'll head to Washington, D.C. on May 12 to meet President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder.
"I'm pleased and proud to be invited to Washington and to be honored with the president on that day," Rios says.
"There was a few selected out of all the states and we're very proud of them, once again for the sacrifice they made here, not only to the citizens of Trenton but for their families also," says Trenton Police Director Ralph Rivera.
Detective Letts recently returned to work, but Rios is still on the mend. He says the process is day-to-day, but he believes there are better days to come.
This will be the third year in a row a police officer from New Jersey is honored with a Top Cops award. It's the first time a Trenton police officer has won it since 2003.