Five members of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office were
commended at a special ceremony in Redwood City Thursday morning for showing
their extreme heroism in two separate incidents.
Sheriff's Sgt. Saul Lopez, Deputy Mike Seidler and Deputy Edgar
Manilla were honored for going above and beyond the call of duty at a house
fire in mid February.
The deputies ran into a burning Moss Beach home to save
the lives of two young girls and a pet dog on Feb. 18.
The deputies were first on scene and were told that the girls were
sleeping in an upstairs bedroom.
Without hesitation, the deputies entered the
home and grabbed the girls and carried them to safety.
The deputies and the girls were treated for smoke inhalation.
The deputies were awarded the San Mateo County Sheriff's
Office Medal of Valor at a promotional and commendation ceremony at the San
Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City.
According to sheriff's office public information officer Rebecca
Rosenblatt, the trio was awarded the medal for "Bravely risking great bodily
injury to save the lives of these children and showing a tremendous amount of
courage and compassion in a difficult and perilous situation..."
Lt. Edmund Berberini and Sgt. Gary Ramos received Certificates of
Commendation in the ceremony for their actions in disarming a suicidal
individual late last year.
Rosenblatt said they showed bravery and risked
great bodily injury to save the life of another individual.
All were given awards by San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks.
"We once again congratulate the decisive actions of these five
members of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and are proud to have them
with us as shining examples of the profession of law enforcement," Rosenblatt