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Posted by: thepinetree on 11/05/2018 10:32 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 11/05/2018 10:32 AM
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Governor Brown and Attorney General Becerra Honor Five Public Safety Officials with Medal of Valor Awards

Sacramento, CA...Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. joined Attorney General Xavier Becerra on October 29th to present the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to five public safety leaders from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department who went above and beyond the call of duty. “American democracy is not going to work if it’s just based on self-interest or people trying to get what they want. It’s also based on serving a much higher ideal,” said Governor Brown. “Men and women in uniform demonstrate that more than anyone – and that’s why we have a medal of valor and honor these individuals today.”

Attorney General Becerra; Yuba County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Sheriff Dan Harris; CHP’s Officer Pete Gavitte, Officer Phil Agdeppa, Officer Whitney Lowe and Officer Chad Millward; and Governor Brown.

The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Act of 2003 gives the Governor authority to award medals to public safety officers who are recognized by the Attorney General for extraordinary valor above and beyond the call of duty. The Attorney General’s Office receives nominations from public safety agencies. These nominations are reviewed by the Medal of Valor Review Board, which makes a recommendation to the Attorney General.

“The officers we recognized today with the Governor’s Medal of Valor courageously put public safety before their own safety,” said Attorney General Becerra. “They put themselves in harm’s way every day to protect Californians across the state. For this, we are forever thankful.”

The following individuals were awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor today:

Yuba County Sheriff’s Department: Deputy Sheriff Dan Harris

On August 1, 2017, Deputy Phillip Bronson and Deputy Andrew Everhart responded to a disturbance call involving two subjects associated with illegal activity, one of whom was said to have brandished a weapon. The location of the call was a remote residence and the site of illegal marijuana cultivation. Upon arrival, the deputies confirmed that one subject was in possession of a handgun and a foot pursuit began as the suspect fled the deputies. While in pursuit, the deputies broadcasted for additional assistance.

Deputy Dan Harris, who was on duty, responded to the call although he was not assigned as a patrol deputy that day. Instead his assignment was with the Department’s Marine Enforcement, patrolling the waterways in Yuba County in a boat, dressed in shorts and a polo shirt. When Deputy Harris arrived on scene and met with Deputies Bronson and Everhart, they had established a perimeter around a nearby residence that they believed the suspect had entered. They agreed to have Deputy Harris provide cover at the exterior of the residence because he did not have a ballistic vest in his possession.

When Deputies Bronson and Everhart entered the residence, the suspect, armed with a .40 caliber handgun, began shooting at them from behind a closed door. The suspect continued to shoot as he exited the room. Deputies Bronson and Everhart returned fire. Both deputies were each struck by gunfire three times and the suspect was also struck multiple times. The deputies broadcasted over the radio that shots were fired and they were injured.

Deputy Harris, armed with a handgun, entered the residence to assist the deputies. Deputy Harris found Deputies Bronson and Everhart seriously injured. They still had not located the suspect, although he was fatally wounded inside the same room. Deputy Harris helped Deputy Everhart outside of the residence and reentered to go to Deputy Bronson’s aid. Deputy Harris pulled Deputy Bronson from the residence, as he was unable to walk due to his injuries.

Without regard to his own personal safety, Deputy Harris began providing life-saving measures to both deputies, while also updating the sheriff’s dispatch and responding units with critical information. Deputies Bronson and Everhart were airlifted to an area hospital for treatment and are both still in recovery. For Deputy Harris’ extraordinary bravery, heroism and courage in the face of imminent and personal life threatening peril, his actions went above and beyond the call of duty and exemplified the highest standards of a California public safety officer.

California Highway Patrol: Officer Phil Agdeppa, Officer Pete Gavitte, Officer Whitney Lowe and Officer Chad Millward

On October 8, 2017, a CHP officer with Golden Gate Air Operations was returning to the Napa County Airport from a surveillance flight and observed a “glow” northeast of Napa – a quickly growing wildfire covering approximately 10 acres. The officer notified the dispatch, who then notified CalFire.

CHP Officers Pete Gavitte and Whitney Lowe, also with Golden Gate Air Operations, monitored the call and responded to the Atlas Peak area of Napa County. Upon arriving, they observed smoke-filled air and a towering wall of flames more than a mile long. They noticed that numerous residents were trapped between the fire and the hillsides. Due to the location of the fire and its rapid increasing size, many residents of the Atlas Peak area were trapped above the fire line. The Golden Gate Air Operations crew monitored radio traffic from CalFire calling for evacuations, but as CalFire resources were unable to reach the Atlas Peak residents, Officers Gavitte and Lowe used the helicopter’s public address system, siren and searchlight to alert the sleeping residents.

Officers Gavitte and Lowe recognized that the only escape for the Atlas Peak residents would be by helicopter rescue. Despite the firestorm’s 80-mile per hour wind gusts and extreme downdrafts and updrafts, the officers decided to fly into the smoke and land near the line of vehicles attempting to leave the Atlas Peak area. The helicopter only held four people at a time and the officers realized additional assistance would be necessary. They requested help from CHP Northern Division Air Operations and Officers Chad Millward and Phil Agdeppa responded to the call.

The two helicopter crews began coordinating rescues and identifying drop-off locations as fires continuously overran the landing zones, together saving 41 lives. Aerial surveillance from the night of the rescues shows the rescue area was completely overrun by fire. For their extraordinary bravery, heroism, and courage in the face of imminent and personal life threatening peril, their actions went above and beyond the call of duty and exemplify the highest standard of a California public safety officer.

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Posted on: 2018-11-05 11:16:19   By: Anonymous
Amazing heroism. Congrats

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      Posted on: 2018-11-05 20:23:34   By: Anonymous
      I am sure the Deputies deserve this honor and thank them.

      BUT....since neither Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. or Attorney General Xavier Becerra has ever served as LEO's, How are they qualified to present the honors.

      Just sayin,....ya know?

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    Posted on: 2018-11-06 13:46:00   By: Anonymous

    Democrats hate our Veterans and have voted consistently to not allow any new funding for their health care and other needs. You can research their voting records on this in the Library of Congress and see exactly how each voted. This is a travesty of justice that can only be cured by voting out of office every Democrat that holds any and all elected office in this nation. Only you the caring American Citizen can do this and we must do this to help and protect our Veterans as they have helped and protected us in kind.
    We are the Conservative Nation. Expect us.

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Posted on: 2018-11-05 11:21:52   By: Anonymous
Gov Brown is pathetic!! Worst thing for California!!! He has screwed the Californian's in every way possible!!

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