FILE: Police work the scene on M Street, SE in Washington near the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

A veteran officer with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority received one of law enforcement’s highest honors for his courageous response to the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard.

Corp. Keith Shibley, an MWAA representative on the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, was among the first officers to respond to the report of gunfire at the Navy Yard last September.

While others worked to locate gunman Aaron Alexis, Shibley and his partner helped evacuate victims from the building. He later joined the search for the shooter. “His courageous actions saved numerous lives that day,” said Mike Czlonka, deputy chief of the MWAA Police.

“Arriving at the front gate, [Shibley] donned his tactical vest and proceeded to a building that was under attack,,” said Czlonka. “He responded into the building three times, each was a distinctive act of valor.”

Shibley is a nine-year veteran of the Airports Authority Police Department.

The Valor Award is presented to police officers who have distinguished themselves for bravery and heroism by knowingly putting their lives in great danger, while demonstrating extraordinary judgment in performing their duties and saving lives. MWAA Police Chief Stephen Holl presented it to Shibley.