SACRAMENTO — With properly around 60,000 personnel and approximately 30,000 sworn officers, the yearly awards ceremony by the Section of Corrections and Rehabilitation is no smaller honor.
Among dozens of awardees, who went over and outside of the simply call of duty to enable help you save lives, many through off-duty several hours, these two gentlemen stood out as Medal of Valor recipients.
“I’m just happy I was there to enable,” Kevin Machado reported.
Machado, who lives in the Modesto area was browsing at a Costco in Tracy with his girlfriend and young son when a person with a knife started threatening purchasers.
Cell telephone movie displays Machado trying to keep purchasers away and drawing awareness to himself, striving to stall until eventually police arrived.
But he was compelled to hearth his gun.
“He experimented with to lunge at me and occur at me with a knife. It was possibly him or me,” Machado reported.
Corrections Officer Timothy Reynolds of Brentwood was transporting prisoners in the vicinity of Willits when he witnessed a fiery crash on Freeway 101 involving various motor vehicles. He pulled people from two cars, which include various from a car teetering around a 60 foot cliff.
“The hair on my arm was singed off, when it, at the time it begun exploding which is when we bought away from the second car that was on hearth,” Reynolds reported.
Their steps drew praise from Governor Jerry Brown.
“Who in the face of threat, physical threat to their have lives, satisfied the examination. They did what they experienced to do, they allow duty prevail around panic,” Brown reported.
Regardless of their accomplishments, the Medal of Valor winners are the previous to consider by themselves heroes.
“I will not seem at myself as a hero, I seem at myself as a person who was positioned in a circumstance to enable them, definitely they could not enable by themselves,” Reynolds reported.
Machado shared a identical sentiment.
“No, no it is really a excellent honor, but it was just the suitable put at the suitable time,” Machado reported.
Of program others would get difficulty with the self-assessment of their deeds.