George and Barbara Bush, Santa Fe ISD officers honored with award at Bush Library

Published: Feb. 13, 2020 at 4:20 PM CST
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The 2020 Legion of Honor Medal Presentations was hosted at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum Thursday afternoon.

The Legion of Honor Awards are given to individuals of society who model the Four Chaplains example of giving and service to community, nation and humanity.

The Legion of Honor Gold Medallion will be awarded posthumously to President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush by Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale. It will be accepted by their grandson, George P. Bush.

McIngvale was the recipient of The Legion of Honor Gold Medallion in 2019 after significantly helping Houston after Hurricane Harvey came through.

“Four Chaplains is a wonderful organization that honors four chaplains who perished during WWII and helped saved hundreds of lives,” said McIngvale.

McIngvale was friends of the former president and Mrs. Bush.

“Oh, it’s a tremendous honor,” said McIngvale. “The president and Mrs. Bush are two of my favorite people in my life. They’re two great role models who continue to inspire us all even though they’re gone.”

The Gold Medallion is the highest and most prestigious award presented by the organization. Previous awardees include President Jimmy Carter, Marian Anderson and Bob Hope.

McIngvale also presented The Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion, the second-highest award, to Commissioner George P. Bush.

The Charles W. David, Jr. Lifesaving Medallion will be presented to both Officer John Barnes and Assistant Chief Gary Forward of the Santa Fe Independent School District Police Department.

Assistant Chief Forward and Officer Barnes stepped in front of an active shooter at Santa Fe High School in May 2018.

“When I heard who the other honorees were going to be besides John and I, I felt like I was in the wrong room,” said Assistant Chief Forward.

“To be in the presence of stuff like this, it’s really amazing; I can’t quite put it into words,” said Officer Barnes.

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