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Governor Schwarzenegger Awards Public Safety Medal of Valor to Five Public Safety Officers

The below was originally posted on the Office of the Governor web site, located here

Governor Schwarzenegger today awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to five public safety officers for their tremendous courage and bravery in the line of duty. The medal was awarded to Officer Michael Purdy, Oxnard Police Department; Deputy Corey L. Morning, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department; Officers Mark Mireles and Edwin Marron, Los Angeles Police Department; and Firefighter Paul Schori, Los Angeles Fire Department.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to our public safety officials for their selfless commitment to serve in the line of duty, risking their lives every day to protect Californians,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “These men showed extraordinary valor and courage, going above and beyond the call of duty, to protect their fellow Californians and preserve public safety. This is highest public safety award offered by our state and their courageous actions are truly deserving of the honor.”
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The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Act, effective January 1, 2003, authorizes the Governor to award a Medal of Valor to one or more public safety officers who are cited by the Attorney General for extraordinary valor above and beyond the call of duty. The Medal of Valor is the highest state award to a public safety officer. The Attorney General's Office receives nominations from public safety agencies; these nominations are then reviewed by the Medal of Valor Review Board which makes a recommendation to the Attorney General.

Today's award recipients were unanimously recommended to the Attorney General by the Medal of Valor Review Board and recommended by the Attorney General to the Governor.

The following individuals are being awarded with the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor:

Officer Michael Purdy: On July 1, 2006, Officer Purdy and Sergeant Jack Kujawa made a traffic stop that resulted in a male passenger firing on the two officers injuring Sergeant Kujawa with a gunshot in the face. The gunman then exchanged fire with Officer Purdy, who was wounded in both legs and right forearm. After falling backwards, Officer Purdy achieved a sitting position and issued a fatal shot to the chest of the suspect.

Deputy Corey L. Morning: On October 31, 2006, Deputy Morning responded to a fallen assault victim and was fired on by a nearby gunman without warning. After Deputy Morning retreated from the deadly gunfire to safety, he then moved back into the line of fire to protect the safety of nearby onlookers and his fellow deputies, where he engaged and fatally wounded the gunman.

Officers Mark Mireles and Edwin Marron and Firefighter Paul Schori: On January 5, 2006, the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Fire Department responded to an attempted suicide. Officers Mark Mireles and Edwin Marron approached the 6th floor balcony where they reached the woman attempting to commit suicide. As she rolled off the edge of the balcony, Officer Mireles caught her by the leg and she tried to fight him off. Losing the struggle, Officer Mireles called to his partner, Officer Marron who grabbed his leg. Firefighter Schori then arrived and secured Officer Mireles’ belt, pulling the two officers and the woman to safety.

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