The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 1, 2011
Jerry Brown to speak at Corrections awards event

Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to speak this morning at a Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation ceremony that will recognize 48 CDCR employees for their heroism.

Brown will make his remarks at the Radisson Hotel in Sacramento. The event will be streamed live starting a 10 a.m. today. Click here for CDCR's live webcast.

The ceremony, which isn't paid for with public money, bestows Correctons' highest award "earned by employees distinguishing themselves by conspicuous bravery or heroism above and beyond the normal demands of correctional service," according to the department's website. "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."

CDCR's valor award is different than the Governor's Medal of Valor, which recognizes acts of bravery and heroism by employees throughout state government.

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