SBCo. sheriff’s deputies to be awarded Congressional Badge of Bravery

San Bernardino County Sheriff

Four San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department deputies are being recognized for their bravery by members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  U.S. Representative Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley), Ken Calvert (R-Corona) and Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) announced today the four deputies will be awarded the Federal Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery in a ceremony next week.

Three of the deputies, Detective Larry Lopez, Detective Justin Musella, and Deputy Danial Rosa, will receive their medals for bravery exhibited during the Christopher Dorner manhunt in 2013.  After the shootout with Dorner, the three, realizing that Detectives Alex Collins and Jeremiah MacKay were seriously wounded, coordinated a plan to provide concealment.   Once the plan was activated, all three left their cover to drag Collins and Mackay to safer positions, exposing themselves to Dorner’s gunfire.  Unfortunately, MacKay succumbed to his injuries.

The fourth deputy, Arturo Ramirez, is being recognized for his heroic action during a fire in an apartment in Victorville, Calif. on June 15, 2013.  When he arrived on scene, he was advised that the occupants of the apartment were trapped inside.  Seeing that the fire was progressing rapidly, he entered the apartment to remove the occupants.  He successfully rescued four of them.  At that point he was advised there was also another young girl inside.  He went back into the burning structure and successfully rescued her also.

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