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An unconscious inmate is dragged from his smoke-filled cell…officers fight off weapon-wielding inmates…and officers save a colleague from being mauled by her dog. The Department of Corrections (CDC) recognized these and other employee heroics at the annual Medal of Valor Ceremony, Friday, June 13 at the State Capitol.

CDC honored 28 of its employees for acts of heroism and outstanding service while on duty and in the community. The employees–male and female, peace officer and civilian–were selected out of a group of more than 75 nominees from CDC facilities throughout the state.

Youth and Adult Correctional Agency Secretary Joe Sandoval and CDC Interim Director Thomas M. Maddock presented the heroism medals and also awards for Correctional Officer and Correctional Supervisor of the Year.

During the ceremony, Sacramento television news anchors Lisa Breckenridge, KCRA-TV; Amy Carlisle, KXTV-TV; and Marcy Valenzuela, KOVR-TV; narrated details of the acts that earned the medals.