Secretary of State Sam Reed is accepting nominations for the Washington State Medal of Valor, one of the most prestigious honors presented by the people of Washington. Nominations will be accepted until October 15.
The Medal of Valor recognizes individuals who have risked their lives or personal safety to save, or attempt to save, another person’s life. The Medal of Valor cannot be awarded to police officers or fire fighters, or others whose actions are a result of their public duties as a first responder.
“The Medal of Valor is a special honor that recognizes individuals who show incredible bravery and heroism,” said Secretary Reed. “Every year, we hear or read about people who perform heroic acts, and we hope citizens will nominate these heroes for this medal.”
The Medal of Valor was awarded for the first time in 2006 to Jim Swett, Greg Meinhold, Travis Jackson, and Dennis Kinsey. The 2007 award recipients included Timothy Bourasaw, Rick Bowers, Edward Marsette, and Alana Schutt. All were recognized for their life-saving acts of heroism.
Medals will be awarded at a Joint Session of the State Legislature during the 2011 session.
Those interested in submitting an application can visit the Office of Secretary of State or visit www.secstate.wa.gov/medals/. Nominations can be sent to: Office of Secretary of State, Medal of Valor Program, P.O. Box 40220, Olympia, WA 98504-0220.
The Medal of Valor Committee consists of Governor Chris Gregoire, Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen, Speaker of the House Frank Chopp and Supreme Court Justice Barbara Madsen. Reed is an ex-officio member who chairs the committee and whose office administers the program.