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2007 Medal of Valor Awards
The Medal of Valor is the highest honor that California bestows on its public servants. It is awarded to California State employees who have performed an extraordinary act of heroism above and beyond the normal call of duty, at great risk to their own personal safety or life to save the life of another.
The 2007 Medal of Valor ceremony was held on December 4 at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento. The Governor presented Medals of Valor to employees from seven different state departments. Seven Caltrans employees received Medals of Valor.
“I am proud to award the Governor's State Employee Medal of Valor to these 31 amazing California citizens," said Governor Schwarzenegger at the ceremony. "These professionals come from different departments and agencies within our state government, but what they all have in common is their incredible bravery. The men and women we are honoring today are true heroes in every sense of the word.”
The following Caltrans employees received Medals of Valor from the Governor:
Timothy Mooney, District 1, rescued a severely injured man trapped in the trunk of a car on January 13, 2007.
Stephen Maraviov, District 2, rescued a woman trapped in her vehicle on a steep embankment for 14 hours on November 24, 2004.
Chris Ball, District 3, rescued a man trapped in his vehicle following a massive mudslide on December 31, 2005.
John Fitzgerald, and Anand Kapoor, District 6, rescued a woman trapped in her burning vehicle following a traffic accident on May 4, 2006.
Wayne Moeck and Charles Russell, District 11, rescued several people from a house fire and also extinguished the fire on January 10, 2007.
After the Medal of Valor Ceremony the heroes were honored at the Governor’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Ornaments with each awardee’s name were placed on the tree as the Governor declared it the “Tree of Heroes” and dedicated it to the Medal of Valor awardees. Immediately following the tree lighting ceremony, First Lady Maria Shriver also honored the Awardees in a private reception at the Capitol.
Full video of the ceremony and the Governor’s speech can be found on the Governor’s website: http://gov.ca.gov/index.php?/press-release/8210/