Rapid City Police Chief Steve Allender says slain Officer Nick Armstrong was a hero twice.
Allender awarded Armstrong the Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart medals in the hospital Saturday, a day before Armstrong died of injuries he suffered in a shootout last Tuesday. Allender says Armstrong became a hero again through organ donations.
The 27-year-old Armstrong and 28-year-old Officer James Ryan McCandless died of injuries after being shot while performing what authorities have described as a routine stop. Thirty-nine-year-old Officer Tim Doyle remains hospitalized. The alleged shooter was shot by police and died the following day.
A funeral was held for McCandless on Sunday. Funeral arrangements for Armstrong are pending.