Awards and Appreciation

CDCR to honor employees Friday at Medal of Valor ceremony

Medal of Valor logo.

CDCR will honor 148 employees for their bravery, service and exemplary work conduct at the 36th annual Medal of Valor ceremony on Friday.

Because of COVID-19, this year’s ceremony is pre-recorded. It will be available for viewing online on CDCR’s website and YouTube page by 10 a.m., September 24.

Parole Agent I Luis Cardenas, based in Bakersfield, will be awarded the Medal of Valor, CDCR’s highest award, earned by distinguishing himself by conspicuous bravery or heroism above and beyond the normal demands of correctional service.

CDCR will award Bronze, Silver and Gold Corrections Stars and Distinguished Service Medals.

CDCR will also honor:

  • Correctional Officer of the Year
  • Correctional Supervisor of the Year
  • Exemplary executives and administrators
  • Health care, rehabilitation, parole, and juvenile justice professionals.

Recipients of awards come from nearly all disciplines and professions from CDCR and California Correctional Health Care Services statewide.