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The Governor's State Employee Medal of Valor is the highest honor California bestows upon its employees. In a public ceremony the Governor awards gold or silver medals to state employees who risked their lives to save others or state property. Since the program began in 1958, 640 medals have been awarded to state employees in many different professions.
For an act of heroism by a state employee extending above and beyond the normal call of duty or service performed at personal risk to his or her safety to save human life or state property.
For an extraordinary act of heroism by a state employee extending far above and beyond the normal call of duty or service, performed at great risk to his or her own life in an effort to save human life.
CalHR coordinates the award ceremony with the Governor's Office and the participating departments.
2021 Governor's State Employee Medal of Valor Virtual Award Ceremony
To search for awardees by department, last name, first name, or year awarded, please see:
For more information, please contact your departmental Merit Award Administrator or CalHR's Merit Award Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.