2009 Medal of Valor Awards
The Medal of Valor is the highest honor that California bestows on its public servants. It is awarded to California State employees who have performed an extraordinary act of heroism above and beyond the normal call of duty, at great risk to their own personal safety or life to save the life of another.
On December 10th, 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger presented Medal of Valor Awards to 27 California state employees in a ceremony at the Sacramento Convention Center.
“Today we are honoring the incredible, heroic acts performed by 27 state employees who selflessly put service and sacrifice above all else, and I am proud to present the Medal of Valor award to these extraordinary individuals.” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “This year, we are also celebrating 50 years of heroic and courageous service by state employees that have not only devoted their professional lives to serve California and its citizens, but have at one time risked their own safety to protect the safety of another. The selfless acts of these employees clearly show that when faced with adversity, they can stand tall to the challenges life presents.”
The following Caltrans employees received Medals of Valor from the Governor:
Brandon S. Akers, of San Luis Obispo, Silver Award: On June 18, 2009, intercepted a medically distressed driver and provided a traffic block to prevent further accidents and injuries.
Tracy Eugene Armstead, of Glendale, Gold Award: On September 8, 2008, attempted to rescue a suicidal man from drowning.
Dale William White Jr., of Bakersfield, Gold Award: On December 18, 2008, pushed two individuals out of the path of a reckless drunk driver.
Also see the article, Three Caltrans Employees Receive Governor’s State Employee Medal of Valor, in the January 2010 issue of the CT News.