2009 Medal of Valor Recipients:
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.