The widow of PC Bill Barker says she is "humbled and honoured" that her husband's bravery has been recognised nationally.
PC Barker has been posthumously awarded the Queen's Commendation for Bravery.
He died after Workington's Northside bridge was swept away in flood waters in 2009.
Home Secretary Theresa May says she has spoken to Mrs Barker.
She said: "I personally expressed my thanks for her husband's sacrifice and I hope this ward adds to the legacy he has left her and their children."
More top news
A look ahead at the forecast for the Border region.
Over the next eight years the populations of all but nine local authorities in England will increase. Four of those are in Cumbria.
The Psychoactive Substances Act will come into effect tomorrow, and could see offenders jailed for up to seven years.