Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger awarded the Governor’s State Employee Medal of Valor Dec. 10 to 27 state employees who demonstrated extraordinary acts of bravery and heroism.
The medal is the highest honor that California bestows on its public servants. This was the 50th Anniversary ceremony.
Ironwood State Prison Correctional Officer Christopher Briones was one those individuals to receive the state’s top honor. He was a Gold Award recipient, the state’s highest honor.
Officer Briones was a recipient of the CDCR Medal of Valor for actions during 2008, at the CDCR MOV Ceremony in May 2009.