El Centro Caltrans Workers to Receive State Employee Medal of Valor

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will present the State Employee Medal of Valor to 38 people during a 2 p.m. ceremony today at the Crest Theater in Sacramento.

The award recognizes state employees who acted at personal risk to save lives or property. The state has awarded 507 medals since the program began in 1959. Departments and agencies submit their nominations to the Department of Personnel Administration, which administers the program.

There are two types of awards. Gold medals recognize a special act, extending far above and beyond the normal call of duty or service, at great risk to their own life in an effort to save human life. Silver medals acknowledge a special service, extending above and beyond the normal call of duty or service, at personal risk to their own safety to save human life or state property. This link opens the DPA website that explains the awards in more detail.

The State Worker congratulates this year’s winners for their service and sacrifice, and we’re proud to present the list of honorees and what they did to merit this high honor:

Arthur R. Grijalva, of El Centro, Silver Award, and Tommy A. Neri, of El Centro, Pablo Diaz, of El Centro, Leonardo Antonio Necochea Sr., of El Centro, and Pedro Vasquez, of El Centro, Gold Awards: On June 24, 2010, directed freeway traffic away from a burning vehicle and rescued the trapped driver.

Read more: http://blogs.sacbee.com/the_state_worker/2010/12/medal-of-valor.html#ixzz17TaNj3qK