On September 16th, 2014

CSLEA Congratulates California’s 2014 Medal of Valor Recipients

On Monday, September 15, 2014,

Governor Jerry Brown awarded the

State's Medal of Valor

to 14 law enforcement officers.

The Governor's Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Award

is the highest award for valor presented to public safety officers

by the State of California.


The recipients included two detectives and two deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, three of whom were involved in the deadly shootout with cop killer Christopher Dorner last year.   


(In uniform from left to right) San Bernardino County Sheriff's Detectives Larry Lopez & Justin Musella, Deputy Daniel Rosa (Dorner case) Deputy Arturo Ramirez (rescued victims from burning building)

Also awarded the Medal Of Valor  were two police officers from the Santa Monica Police Department and a sergeant from Santa Monica College Police for putting an end to a shooting rampage last summer by shooting and killing the gunman.


(In uniform from left to right) Santa Monica Police Department Officers Robert Sparks & Jason Salas, Santa Monica College Police Sergeant Raymond Bottenfield

Five police officers and a sergeant from the Los Angeles Airport Police Department received the Medal of Valor as a result of their heroic actions during a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport in November.


(In uniform from left to right)  Los Angeles Airport Police Officers Daniel Yu, Raymond Woods, Brian Lopez, David Lalicker, Robert Pedregon, Robert Zouzounis)

Shasta County Sheriff's Office Correctional Officer John Zufall was awarded the Medal of Valor after risked his own life in to save a fellow diver in a lake.


Shasta County Sheriff's Office Correctional Officer John Zufall

And Deputy Arturo Ramirez with the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department was honored  for running  into a burning building to save an adult and four children.  Deputy Ramirez entered the apartment two times before firefighters arrived.


San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy Arturo Ramirez

California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA)  President  Alan Barcelona proudly served on the Medal of Valor Review Board.  "Each and every one of these law enforcement officers deserves our praise, our thanks, and our respect," said Barcelona.  "Brave and selfless, they put their own lives on the line protecting the public."

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