Two CDCR Correctional Officers will be honored for acts of heroism May 23 at the Governor’s State Employee Medal of Valor Award ceremony.

Officers Mike Johnson and Jaymi Appleberry – both of the California State Prison, Sacramento – will receive Gold Medals,  the highest honor the state can give its employees.

In September 2015 while off-duty, Appleberry fought off an armed assailant who attacked her and a friend outside their apartment. The attacker fired his weapon twice near her head, but Appleberry wrestled the gun from him and he fled.

In February 2015 while on his way home from work, Johnson came upon a fiery crash. He pulled a woman from a burning car just before the vehicle became fully engulfed in flames. He carried another victim away from the burning vehicle, while suffering burns himself.

Both officers were honored with CDCR Medals of Valor, the department’s highest award, last September.

The ceremony will be held at the California Highway Patrol Academy in West Sacramento. It is not open to the public.

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