CDCR Honors 3 HDSP Correctional Officers for Bravery


Today, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will pay tribute to the bravery and heroism of three Correctional Officers from High Desert State Prison (HDSP) during its 38th annual Medal of Valor Ceremony. The ceremony will recognize their unwavering commitment to service above and beyond the call of duty, and they will be presented with the prestigious Bronze Star.

In this event held by the Department each year, CDCR acknowledges the contributions of its officers. Among the honorees, the three High Desert Correctional Officers, Felipe Valle, Stephanie Mora, and Andrea Abad will stand alongside 24 others for their exceptional acts of bravery, dedication to service, and conduct that have greatly benefited both the department and the public.

The Bronze Star, as defined by CDCR, is a distinguished accolade reserved for individuals who have demonstrated valor by saving a life without placing themselves in immediate danger. To qualify for this honor, an employee must have applied their professional training and tactics effectively to save or significantly contribute to the rescue of another person’s life.

In addition to the Bronze Star recipients, Lieutenant Larry Faria, representing the Office of Peace Officer Selection in Fresno, will be presented with the prestigious Medal of Valor. This accolade is CDCR’s highest honor, recognizing acts of bravery and heroism that surpass the ordinary demands of correctional service.

The Medal of Valor Ceremony is scheduled for this morning at 10 a.m. in Elk Grove. For those unable to attend in person, CDCR offers a livestream of the event on its website.