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2010 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 7th, 2010, Governor Schwarzenegger presented Medal of Valor Awards to 38 California state employees in a ceremony at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento.
"I am proud to award the Governor’s Medal of Valor to 38 of California’s bravest citizens,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “The men and women we are honoring today have all demonstrated extraordinary courage and risked their safety, and even their lives, without hesitation to save another. On behalf of all Californians, I extend our gratitude and appreciation for their selfless service"
The following Caltrans employees received Medals of Valor from the Governor:
Pablo Diaz, Leonardo Antonio Necochea Sr., Tommy A. Neri and Pedro Vasquez of El Centro, Gold Award & Arthur R. Grijalva (not pictured), also of El Centro, Silver Award: On June 24, 2010, directed traffic and removed an unconscious woman from her vehicle after her accident caused a brush fire.
Bob MacKenzie, of San Luis Obispo, Gold Award: On November 30, 2009, descended a slippery, snow covered mountainside to rescue a woman injured in an accident.
Also see the article,Governor bestows Medal of Valor Honor to Six Caltrans Employees, in the December 2010 issue of the CT News.