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Medal of Valor ceremony to be held on Friday, honoring employees for their bravery

Posted at 8:12 PM, Sep 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-10 23:12:46-04

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will be honoring their staff at the 33rd annual Medal of Valor ceremony. Nearly 70 CDCR employees will be honored for their bravery during the ceremony.

One of the several individuals being honored for their bravery is Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran Correctional Counselor Henry Moran who intervened when he witnessed a male patient assault medical personnel at a hospital.

Moran was off duty when he witnessed a patient jump off of a gurney and attack medical personell. Moran immediately sprang into action and wrestled the patient to the ground, likely saving more personnel from being injured. He will be receiving a Bronze Star for his bravery.

Of the 70 being honored, 16 employees will be receiving the departments highest award for their heroism at the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas.  Their sacrifices and the tragic loss of life will be recognized.

Also being honored at the event will be the family of the lat Lt. Derrick "Bo" Taylor, whose actions at the shooting saved lives, while he sacrificed his own.

The ceremony will take place on Friday, September 14 at 10 a.m. at the Creekside Christian Church. Guests should arrive no later than 9:30 a.m.

The event will also be broadcast on the CACorrections Facebook page.