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.