SOURCE: California State Firefighters' Association

California State Firefighters' Association

October 15, 2009 19:56 ET

Media Advisory: Heroes to Be Honored at Medal of Valor Awards Ceremony

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - October 15, 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. Attending dignitaries include California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow and Matthew Bettenhausen, acting secretary of the California Emergency Management Agency.

"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.

Contact Information

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

    Gary Giacomo
    CSFA Staff
    (916) 410-1394