Kudos to: Christopher Kemp, Sacramento County park ranger
Accomplishment: Received Medal of Valor from state park rangers association
Details: While off duty in Stockton Aug. 15, 2011, Kemp saw a man beating a woman at a business, tossing her about as if she were a rag doll. Kemp made several attempts to stop the assault on the unconscious victim, a school principal, before drawing his weapon. The assailant fled and Kemp rendered aid to the principal.
Kudos to: Cynthia Castro, good citizen
Accomplishment: Honored by the East Sacramento Area California Highway Patrol for her help at an accident scene
Details: Castro stopped at a fatal Highway 50 crash, providing help to people there. She also translated Spanish spoken by victims for officers. She was honored with a CHP Certificate of Commendation.
Kudos to: Petco Foundation
Accomplishment: The pet retailer awarded an $18,000 grant to the Sierra Pacific Great Pyrenees Club of Granite Bay.
Details: The Pyrenees rescue group last year took in 95 abused, unwanted, abandoned and shelter dogs headed for euthanasia. The group finds homes for the dogs after medical attention, spay-neutering and vaccination. The money will be used to build and outfit kennels for sick dogs.