The Orange County Sheriff’s Department awarded 5 brave men, most of whom are deputies, for their call to duty in 2020 and beyond during their rdth annual Medal of Valor event on September 550.
Deputies recall personal and group accounts during a pre-recorded presentation in front of a live audience at the event. After the video presentation, Sheriff Don Burns personally presented each deputy with their medal. The awards include medals for life savers, merit, courage, distinguished deputies and others.
“Today’s dignitaries mean being a servant leader. Burns said during the event that someone is focused on their contribution to their community, not on what they serve.
“I can say without reservation, these 54 awardees represent peace officials who come to work every day to protect and serve their community. Forty-five people whom we have heard in their own words, shared their stories and experiences, have sacrificed themselves for the benefit of people they did not know. ”
Although only a handful of nominees were selected for the prestigious award, Burns highlighted a number of daring deeds during 2020, including the unprecedented year with Covid-1, civil unrest and more. Additionally, the sheriff’s department had 306,000 calls, 61,000 pieces of evidence were collected, the coroner’s office investigated 6,900 deaths, 1,024 pounds of drugs and 51 guns were seized by the drug team.
There were also 267 bomb squad responses, 141 helicopter chases, 139 K-9 surrenders, 23 SWAT activations and six boat fires.
“That’s what we do,” Burns said. “We run into danger when others run away from it. We help people in the worst times of their crisis, often in the worst moments of their lives. Our profession consists of brave men and women who have vowed to protect all people regardless of their personal risks. Policing has become much more challenging than ever, but what I have found has tremendous personal benefits. Wearing this badge is an incredible honor, we should always try not to tarnish it. ”
Burns concluded the event by explaining that the last 18 months would have been more difficult without the overwhelming support of the Orange County community.
“During the last 18 months of trial, I have seen widespread support for the law enforcement community, especially among Orange County residents here,” Burns said.
“The kind of encouragement, the homemade cards for the school kids, the donation of coffee and lunch from the local business, the prayers of our faith community and the countless‘ thanks ’didn’t stop there. We feel the love and support of our residents. This real support makes sense for all of us in the Sheriff’s Department. It makes the hard parts of our work more fulfilling. ”
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times