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DMV Employees Receive Medal of Valor for Bravery and Heroism

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2015

DMV Employees Receive Medal of Valor for Bravery and Heroism
Highest Honor California Bestows on its Public Servants

Sacramento Five employees with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), who have demonstrated extraordinary acts of bravery and heroism in order to save the life of another, today received Medals of Valor from the State of California. Governor Brown’s Executive Secretary, Nancy McFadden presented the medals during a special ceremony held at the California Highway Patrol Academy in West Sacramento.  The personal stories of those receiving this special recognition are listed below.   


 

Carrie Jean Stanton (Oakland DMV Call Center Manager):  On August 19, 2010, Stanton heard screams while walking through the parking lot to her job. When she turned, she saw a man assaulting one of her female employees. Stanton immediately positioned herself between the assailant and the employee, screamed at him to leave her employee alone, but he pushed Stanton aside and attacked the employee again.  The assailant jumped into his truck and backed it toward the employee lying on the ground.  Stanton quickly pulled her out of the way.  The assailant then aimed his truck at the employee as he drove out of the parking lot, and Stanton again shoved her out of the way.  Stanton drove her employee to the hospital. Both returned to work after receiving medical treatment. 
Nedra Cartwright-May (Hollywood DMV Office Manager):  On February 18, 2011, a woman renewing her driver license became infuriated after receiving a temporary license and told she would receive the actual license in the mail. As she stormed away, she grabbed an innocent woman by the hair and started punching her in the face. Cartwright-May immediately responded and pulled the woman off the victim. As she tried to leave, Cartwright-May took the assailant’s car keys and held her until police arrived. Witnesses said they did not intervene because they thought the woman might have a gun or knife.
(l to r) Kathy Myles-Daniels, Conrad Rivarde, Geoffrey Holmes, (Hawthorne DMV Office):  On March 2, 2011, Manager Rivarde asked a disruptive man to leave the office.  Instead of obeying, the man jumped on a work station and yelled, “They are going to kill me!”  Rivarde asked the man to get down and he complied. However, within seconds, he jumped back on the work station, fell backwards, and then began running around, looking back as if someone was chasing him.  The man, who appeared paranoid, grabbed a female manager and held her in front of him like a shield, then pushed her away.  Rivarde tackled the man, who punched him in the face and escaped.  Manager Myles-Daniels intervened by grabbing the disoriented man, telling him to calm down, and advising staff to clear the area.  Holmes, a Licensing Registration Examiner returning after giving a drive exam, rushed into the building to assist Myles-Daniels. With the help from a security guard, all three employees managed to put the man inside a stockroom until police arrived. The man was found to be under the influence of narcotics. 

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