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Caltrans Employees Displayed Extraordinary Acts of Heroism



Caltrans News Flash #135

Date: June 16, 2017
District: Headquarters
Contact: Erin Von Tersch
Phone: (916) 654-5485
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060

WEST SACRAMENTO - In this Caltrans News Flash, four Caltrans employees are given the Governor's State Employee Medal of Valor Award in May for rescuing motorists trapped in their vehicle.

"These men are true heroes. Every day our maintenance employees risk their lives to perform their duties but these men didn't think twice about diving into action to save others."

Malcolm Dougherty, Director, Caltrans

"These men are true heroes," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. "Every day our maintenance employees risk their lives to perform their duties but these men didn't think twice about diving into action to save others."

Caltrans Alturas Maintenance Shop Leadworker Dean Rouse earned his Governor’s State Employee Silver Medal of Valor Award for jumping into the swift-moving Pit River in California’s north-eastern corner in Modoc County on Dec. 20, 2015. Rouse helped remove a female passenger from a vehicle that had slid off U.S. Highway 395 and landed upside down. He also helped carry her up a steep embankment to paramedics who treated her for a heart attack.

Maintenance Equipment Operator II James Anderson earned his Silver Medal of Valor Award for responding to an emergency dispatch call on Jan. 29, 2016. Anderson jumped into an icy fast-flowing creek to aid the rescue of a woman trapped in a pickup truck that had rolled off Interstate 80 in the Sierra, landing upside down in the water. His coworkers, Equipment Operator II Kenneth Myers and Maintenance Supervisor Rodney Walker earned their Governor’s Silver Medal of Valor Award for keeping Anderson from being swept into the current and carrying the woman up the steep, slippery embankment to safety.

This video can also be viewed at: https://youtu.be/KagT6F7VWiA.

This Caltrans News Flash is the 135th in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans' activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans does to enhance California's economy and livability.To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or visit Caltrans News Flash on YouTube (http://bit.ly/1ez3LYz).

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