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May 3, 2010
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As we noted in this post, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation held its annual awards ceremony on Friday. The ceremony recognizes outstanding service by correctional staff. The year's event included five Medals of Valor, CDCR's highest award, issued to employees who exhibited extraordinary bravery in incidents where public safety was at risk.

Click here for more details about awards issued to Folsom State Prison staff and click here for more about award winners from California State Prison, Sacramento.

Click the following link to see the list of award winners.

Complete List of 2010 Award Winners


The Medal of Valor is the Department's highest award, earned by employees distinguishing themselves by conspicuous bravery or heroism above and beyond the normal demands of correctional service. The employee shall display great courage in the face of immediate life-threatening peril and with full knowledge of the risk involved. The act should show professional judgment and not jeopardize operations or the lives of others.

Correctional Officer Hoyt Wayne Walker, Pelican Bay State Prison; Youth Correctional Counselor David Michael Padore, Southern Youth Correctional Reception Center and Clinic; Correctional Officer Daniel Fernandez, California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran; Correctional Sergeant Walter Scott Jandro, Central California Women's Facility; Supervising Registered Nurse II Francisco L. Hernandez, North Kern State Prison


The Corrections Star medal is the Department's second highest award for heroic deeds under extraordinary circumstances. The employee shall display courage in the face of immediate peril in acting to save the life of another person.

Parole Agents Jenaro J. Carrasco and Anthony Maes, Division of Adult Parole Operations, Region IV; Correctional Officer Brian Chord, Folsom State Prison


The Corrections Star medal is the Department's third highest award for acts of bravery under extraordinary or unusual circumstances. The employee shall display courage in the face of potential peril while saving or attempting to save the life of another person or distinguish himself or herself by performing in stressful situations with exceptional tactics or judgment.

Correctional Officers Caesar Alcantara Sr., Felicia J. Hewitt, Christopher D. Reyes, Leonardo Serrano, and Ray T. Ynostroza, Ironwood State Prison; Facility Captain Sharon E. Henry, Correctional Lieutenant Timothy G. Ellis, Correctional Officers Gabriel Romo, Herman H. Valdivia, Lonnie Mack Elliott, and Rebecca Rutledge, Sierra Conservation Center; Correctional Officers Jorge S. Fernandez, Richard Ortiz Jr., Tony Reyna, and Illich B. Sanchez, Kern Valley State Prison; Correctional Officers Manuel T. Parra and Joseph N. Vicente, California Rehabilitation Center; Correctional Officers Robert M. Rodriguez and Douglas George Stever, Folsom State Prison; Correctional Officers Ernest F. Johnson and Jeremy J. Viles, California State Prison, Sacramento; Correctional Sergeant John Paul Popplewell, Correctional Training Facility; and Correctional Sergeants Anthony M. Murphy and Grant E. Parker, Office of Correctional Safety.


The Corrections Star (Bronze) is the Department's award for saving a life without placing oneself in peril. The employee shall have used proper training and
tactics in a professional manner to save, or clearly contribute to saving, the life of another person

Correctional Lieutenant Kenneth A. Clendenin, Mule Creek State Prison; Correctional Sergeant Mark Garcia, California Institution for Men; Correctional Officer Marty Lewis, Avenal State Prison; Correctional Lieutenant Jackie Jeter, Wasco State Prison; and Correctional Counselor I Cubby Munerlyn.


The Distinguished Service Medal is for an employee's exemplary work conduct with the Department for a period of months or years, or involvement in a specific assignment of unusual benefit to the Department.

Correctional Lieutenant William G. Bean, Correctional Sergeants Daniel R. Fairchild and Juan R. Ruiz, California Rehabilitation Center; Special Agent Steve Contreras; and Maintenance Mechanics Nghia T. Luu and Eldon N. Wassell, California Institution for Women.


The Unit Citation is for great courage displayed by a departmental unit in the course of conducting an operation in the face of immediate life-threatening circumstances.

Administrator Alan D. Caron, Staff Services Analysts Jamie E. Halford, Lori J. Nicol, Promotional Specialists Lisa M. Lewis and Donna M. Orth, Prison Industry Authority.

CDCR Correctional Peace Officer of the Year
Correctional Counselor I Ronald J. Rock, Centinela State Prison

CDCR Correctional Supervisor of the Year
Correctional Lieutenant Gregory Bergersen, Valley State Prison for Women


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