SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--On Saturday, October 5, 2013, 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. Former political journalist Kevin Riggs, will act as Master of Ceremonies.
“These recipients, some of whom are not trained professionals, rose to the challenge, and facing dangerous situations, made split-second decisions to help others.”
“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 others.”
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.
PROGRAM: Opening ceremony (featuring firefighter honor guard and bagpiper), welcoming remarks, dinner and presentation of awards. Former political journalist Kevin Riggs will read a brief description of each heroic incident before the presentation of the Valor Medal (see below 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. Saturday, October 5, 2013.
WHERE: Capitol Plaza Holiday Inn, 300 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.
2013 CSFA Medal of Valor Award Recipients
(Ordered by geographic location of incident)
LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH/ORANGE CO. AREA:
Carlos Alvarez, Wayne Hunt
Rescued a victim trapped in a burning truck.
Injured while assisting a motorist.
Saved a child from a burning apartment.
Saved an 80-year-old-woman from a home fire.
Mark Divittorio and Jason Aldridge
El Dorado Hills
Kayaker saves family from the American River.
Saved victims from a burning vehicle.
Saved a restaurant choking victim.
Jon Kempf, Trevor Kasimoff and Joe Huffaker
Rescue of victims from a burning apartment.
Elizabeth Fitch, Bryce Harbert, Dan Grasso, Brian Henderson*, Dr.
Helicopter rescue of hiker who then rescues rescuer.
Tony Whittle* and Sandra Williams*
Rescued inmates from a burning bus. from a burning bus.
*Indicates professional first responder. Others are civilians.