Three correctional officers on their way home from work rescue motorists trapped in their vehicles as a train bears down…another officer sustains critical injuries in protecting another from an inmate assault…and a staff electrician pulls a man to safety after a near electrocution. The Department of Corrections (CDC) will recognize these and other employees who distinguished themselves with acts of valor at the 15th annual Medal of Valor Ceremony, Monday, June 14 at noon on the West steps of the State Capitol.
CDC will honor 45 of its employees for heroism and outstanding service while on duty and in the community. The men and women were selected from more than 100 nominees from facilities throughout the state.
Youth and Adult Correctional Agency Secretary Robert Presley and CDC Director C. A. Terhune will present the heroism medals and an award for Correctional Supervisor and Correctional Officer of the Year.
During the ceremony, Sacramento news anchors Lisa Breckenridge, KCRA-TV; Christina Mendonsa, KXTV-TV; and Jennifer Whitney, KOVR-TV will highlight details of the acts that earned the medals.
A summary of the individual actions and awards will be available on Monday, June 14 on the CDC Internet site here.