It’s the highest honor for state employees, and today 52 people from eight state departments were awarded a Medal of Valor.
The awards ceremony was held at the CHP Academy in West Sacramento
It was a time to honor the brave men and women who acted as heroes in dangerous situations.
“In the face of these hazardous situations, they didn’t hesitate or turn away. They literally put their lives on the line for their fellow Californians,” said Nancy McFadden, executive secretary for the Office of the Governor.
The recipients are members of Cal Fire, the CHP, the DMV, Caltrans, Department of Parks and Rec, Water Resources, Fish and Wildlife and California Conservation Corps.
Behind each medal is a story that was relived on stage.
Even for the bravest officers, remembering those moments can be painful.
One CHP officer teared up from the memories. The crowd stood to support him.
The ceremony was a time to say thank you to 52 brave men and women.
“People don’t always get a chance to stop and thank you for your service, but I can tell you what you do goes noticed by a lot of people, and it’s appreciated by all,” said CHP Commissioner Joseph Farrow.
Thursday marked the 56th Medal of Valor awards ceremony.