The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

December 9, 2009
State workers to receive award for heroism

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday will present the State Employee Medal of Valor to 27 individuals for acts of bravery and heroism.

Since the program began in 1959, the state has awarded just 480 medals. State departments and agencies submit their nominations to DPA, which administers the program.

This link opens the list of award winners and what they did to deserve the highest honor California bestows on its public servants.

Click here for more information about the award, the nomination process and for lists of winners from years past.

Thanks and congratulations to each of the Medal of Valor winners for their service.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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