Pine Tree — “CDCR employees statewide are committed to protecting public safety,” said CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard. “Today we are honoring the bravery and performance that goes well above the call of duty. These dedicated employees gave of themselves, and some even placed their own lives in jeopardy to save another.”
Awards were presented by Secretary Beard and senior department executives at the 29th annual ceremony, which was sponsored by the California Correctional Supervisors Organization.
In many instances, the recipients saved the life of other employees, inmates or private citizens as they responded to emergencies. Among the actions recognized by the awards were quick responses that saved the lives of traffic-accident victims and actions by a parole agent that saved the life of a wounded fellow agent. Also honored was the distinguished service of men and women to CDCR over a period of time.
The awards presented ranged from the Distinguished Service Award to the Gold Star. For the second year, Employee of the Year awards were presented by various divisions within CDCR.
A complete list of 2013 award winners follows:
GOLD STAR MEDAL
The Corrections Star (Gold) 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.
Correctional Officer Jason Parkhurst, Ironwood State Prison
Correctional Sergeant Charles Contreras, California Correctional Institution
Parole Agent I Henrik Agasyan, California Parole Apprehension Team, Los Angeles
SILVER STAR MEDAL
The Corrections Star (Silver) 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 themselves by performing in stressful situations with exceptional tactics or judgment. continue reading...