2009 Medal of Valor Recipients:

 

CAL FIRE

 

Jeff Young, of Clovis, Silver Award:  On June 26, 2008, lead a rescue team to save a teenage boy whose leg was trapped by large boulders.

 

Stephen Charles Guarino, of Sacramento, Gold Award:  On October 27, 2008, rescued a man from a burning vehicle.

 

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

 

Christopher R. Briones, of Blythe, Gold Award:  On October 24, 2008, rescued fellow officers who were injured and being attacked by inmates during a dining hall melee.

 

California Highway Patrol

 

Scott Woodring, of Atwater, and Adam Yates, of Los Banos, Gold Award:  On July 1, 2007, rescued a man from a burning vehicle.

 

Matthew Casey, of Ukiah, Gold Award:  On May 13, 2008, attempted to rescue a woman from a burning car.

 

Robert Rand, of San Juan Capistrano, Gold Award:  On August 10, 2008, prevented a suicidal woman from jumping off a bridge.

 

Joseph Tronti, of Riverside, Gold Award:  On August 20, 2008, stopped and apprehended an armed man who was shooting at a group of pedestrians.

 

John Lago and Allyn Ball, of Woodland Hills, Gold Award:  On September 12, 2008, rescued numerous victims following the head-on collision of two trains in Southern California.

 

Michael Stoney, of San Juan Capistrano, Gold Award:  On October 27, 2008, prevented a suicidal woman from jumping off a bridge.

 

Roger Smith, of Red Bluff, Gold Award:  On December 2, 2008, while under gunfire, saved the life of a CHP Officer injured by a gunshot wound.

 

Scott Hennessy, of Redwood City, Gold Award:  On December 11, 2008, rescued a man from a burning vehicle.

 

Joshua Hatfield, of Bakersfield, Gold Award:  On January 9, 2009, attempted to rescue a pregnant woman from a burning pick-up truck.

 

Gregory Houser, Jr., of Atwater, Gold Award:  On February 27, 2009, prevented a suicidal man from jumping off a bridge.

 

Jack Rice, of Blythe, and William S. Strom and Joseph A. Zagorski, of Indio, Gold Award:  On March 28, 2009, prevented a suicidal man from jumping off a bridge.

 

California Military Department

 

Cari L. Beetham and Christopher M. Davis, of San Luis Obispo, Silver and Gold Award:  On June 30, 2008, rescued and provided life-saving aid to an injured woman trapped in her car on a steep embankment.

 

California State Parks

 

James W. Nothhelfer and Timothy B. Fellars, of Half Moon Bay, Gold Award:  On June 22, 2009, rescued six victims from the ocean when their vessel capsized from rough seas.

 

Department of Community Services and Development

 

Luciano Venegas, of Sacramento, Gold Award:  On October 12, 2007, prevented possible injuries and a store robbery by confronting and scaring off a masked, armed robber.

 

Department of Mental Health

 

Edward Dale Bass, Jr., of Patton, Gold Medal:  On March 19, 2009, stopped a distraught, armed man from killing his family and self. 

 

California Department of Transportation

 

Brandon S. Akers, of San Luis Obispo, Silver Award:  On June 18, 2009, intercepted a medically-distressed driver and provided a traffic block to prevent further accidents and injuries.

 

Tracy Eugene Armstead, of Glendale, Gold Award:  On September 8, 2008, attempted to rescue a suicidal man from drowning.

 

Dale William White Jr., of Bakersfield, Gold Award:  On December 18, 2008, pushed two individuals out of the path of a reckless drunk driver.