State opposes petition to delay medals for Carmel officers

The state on Tuesday voiced opposition to a petition from family members of the prison service officers killed in the Carmel forest fire which called for a delay in handing out medals of distinction to three police officers who also died in the fire, until after the state comptroller completes the investigation into the events.
The state's position, voiced at a High Court discussion of the petition on Tuesday, was that the  police officers are worthy of the medals of distinction , which are given for acts of bravery. In addition, the state argued that the petition was filed late as the ceremony was scheduled to take place on Wednesday.
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