SOURCE: California State Firefighters' Association

California State Firefighters' Association

October 12, 2009 21:14 ET

California State Firefighters' Association Presents Medal of Valor Awards to Heroes

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - October 12, 2009) - On Friday, October 16, 2009, the California State Firefighters' Association (CSFA) will recognize firefighters, peace officers and civilians from throughout the state who have exhibited great courage in order to save the life of another. CSFA will present these recipients with the prestigious CSFA Medal of Valor at a dinner banquet at the Capitol Plaza Holiday Inn, 300 J Street in Sacramento. Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries (R - Lake Elsinore), a former firefighter, will act as Master of Ceremonies.

"CSFA is proud to recognize those who have demonstrated extraordinary acts of bravery," noted CSFA President Kevin Nida. "These recipients, some of whom are not trained professionals, rose to the challenge, and facing dangerous situations, made split-second decisions to help another person."

About CSFA

Headquartered in Sacramento, the California State Firefighters' Association, founded in 1922, is California's oldest statewide fire service trade association representing all facets of the California fire service with a variety of insurance benefits, training programs, and legislative advocacy. For more information visit


WHAT: Statewide firefighters' association recognizes heroes who risked their lives to save others with a banquet and medals ceremony.

PROGRAM: Opening ceremony (featuring firefighter honor guard and bagpiper), welcoming remarks, dinner and presentation of awards. Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries will read a brief description of each heroic incident before the presentation of the Valor Medal.

VISUALS: Uniformed firefighters and police officers, firefighter honor guard and bagpiper, antique steamer fire engine and trained Dalmatian dog.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, 2009

WHERE: Capitol Plaza Holiday Inn, 300 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

2009 CSFA Medal of Valor Award Recipients

Humberto Romero, Civilian
Sandra Romero, Civilian
Corona, CA
Assisted in rescue of a mother and child from burning building.

Thomas Scott, Civilian
Riverside, CA
Jeff Lewis, Firefighter/Paramedic
Riverside City Fire Department
Rescued husband and wife from a burning house.

Carolyn Cooper, Civilian
Romoland, CA
Riverside County - Cal FIRE
Assisted in saving lives at dangerous bus accident.

Daniel Popa, Deputy
San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department
Helped rescue bedridden woman from a burning house.

Derek Cope, Firefighter
Beverly Hills Fire Department
Rescued three victims out of wild surf.

Craig Fry, Assistant Chief
Michael Bowman, Battalion Chief
Los Angeles Fire Department
Michel Moore, Deputy Chief
Philip Fontanetta, Captain
Los Angeles Police Department
Rescued woman from a burning mobile home fire.

Kerry Schilf, Officer
Burbank Police Department
Rescued a man from a burning house.

Howard Spinrad, Engineer
Los Angeles County Fire Department
Off-duty rescue of a disabled man from house fire.

Lizandro Garcia, Civilian
Yuba City, CA
Rescued accident victim from burning vehicle.

Darrel Bristol, Civilian
Loomis, CA
Rescued a disabled woman from burning home.

Travis Williams, Civilian
Billings, MT
Rescue effort from burning truck near Roseville.

Eric Hankins, Captain
Yuba City Fire Department
Off-duty rescue of  two children from burning house.

James Brewer, Officer
Erik Carlson, Officer
Thomas Mellana, Officer
Brock Paul, Officer
Paul Ruiz, Officer
Cypress Police Department
Nominated by: Stephen Spernak, Officer (retired)
Mark Yokoyama, Police Chief
Cypress Police Department
Rescued an elderly woman from a smoky, burning house.

Jose Cadena, Civilian
Michael Muller, Civilian
Andrew Wright, Civilian
Escondido, CA
Rescued two children from a burning house.

Chris Hensley, Firefighter/Paramedic
Carlsbad Fire Department
Off-duty rescue of an unconscious surfer.

Christopher Davies, Engineer
Moraga-Orinda Fire Protection District
Off-duty rescue of a family from burning house.

Scott Hennessy, Officer
California Highway Patrol - Redwood City Office
Rescued a traffic victim from burning vehicle.

Benjamin Glapenske, Officer
Kelly Valdez, Officer
California Highway Patrol - Bakersfield Office
Rescued two accident victims from burning vehicle.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Mike Esparza
    CSFA Valor PIO
    (951) 538-3293

    Gary Giacomo
    CSFA Staff
    (916) 410-1394