SOURCE: California State Firefighters' Association

California State Firefighters' Association

September 29, 2011 19:11 ET

Media Advisory: Sacramento Medal of Valor Awards Ceremony to Honor Heroes From Throughout the State -- Both Civilian and Professional First Responders

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 29, 2011) - On Friday, September 30, 2011, 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 heroes 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 State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover.

"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, 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 benefits. For more information visit www.csfa.net.

EVENT SYNOPSIS

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 (see next page for a list of recipients by geographic area).
VISUALS: Uniformed firefighters and police officers, firefighter honor guard and bagpiper, antique steamer fire engine and trained Dalmatian dog.
WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2011.
WHERE: Capitol Plaza Holiday Inn, 300 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.

2011 CSFA Medal of Valor Award Recipients
(Ordered by geographic location of incident)

CENTRAL COAST:
Robert Prescott
Santa Maria Police Department
Rescued a child from a burning building.

CENTRAL VALLEY:
Todd Backer
Maricopa Police Department
Rescued an army veteran from a burning overturned car.

EASTERN SIERRA:
Shane Scott
Inyo County Sheriff's Office
Bishop
Rescued trapped accident victim from a burning vehicle.

LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH AREA:
Firefighter Charles Hakopian
Long Beach Fire Department
Rescued trapped two-year-old from a burning apartment building.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA:
Richard Becker, civilian
Mendocino
Rescued a surfer from dangerous ocean conditions.

SAN DIEGO AREA:
Deputy Scott Bligh
San Diego County Sheriff's office

Deputy Gary Kneeshaw
San Diego County Sheriff's office
Rescue of rock climbers trapped in the path of a wildfire.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA:
Dave Manzeck
Engineer/Paramedic, Contra Costa County Fire Department
Water rescue from a Walnut Creek canal.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Gary Giacomo
    CSFA Staff
    (916) 410-1394