WASHINGTON - Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas presented the Secretary’s Award for Valor to Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Evan A. Staph for extraordinary service and selfless courage in braving harsh weather elements to save four individuals from a sinking ship, Nov. 3, 2015. The Secretary’s Award for Valor is the highest departmental recognition for extraordinary acts of valor by an employee or group, occurring while on or off duty. The award is given in exceptional circumstances to those who have demonstrated extraordinary courage in a highly dangerous, life-threatening situation or emergency under extreme stress and involving a specific act of valor, such as saving another person’s life or property. Both civilian and military employees of the Department are eligible for this award. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.
November 5, 2015
The Secretary's Valor Award 2015 - Evan A. Staph
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