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The Secretary’s Award for Valor 2020

The 2020 Secretary’s Award for Valor is the department’s highest award for extraordinary acts of heroism or courage involving great risk by employees under unusual circumstances. To be eligible for this award, an employee must have demonstrated heroism or courage in an emergency – on or off duty.

Recipient of the Secretary’s Award for Valor 2020 for responding to a call for assistance concerning a kayak that had flipped over; he selflessly entered fast moving waters, at great personal risk, to rescue the 70-year-old kayaker who had capsized.
Jason S. Weatherby
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Jason S. Weatherby

United States Customs and Border Protection

For responding to a call for assistance concerning a kayak that had flipped over; he selflessly entered fast moving waters, at great personal risk, to rescue the 70-year-old kayaker who had capsized.

Recipient of the Secretary’s Award for Valor 2020 for rescuing two kayakers adrift and capsized in the Pacific Ocean while on a family outing at Dorian Beach, California.
Garryck Hampton
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Garryck Hampton

Transportation Security Administration

For rescuing two kayakers adrift and capsized in the Pacific Ocean while on a family outing at Dorian Beach, California.

Recipient of the Secretary’s Award for Valor 2020 for launching an extraordinary rescue effort to save the 24-member crew of motor vessel Golden Ray in St. Simons Sound, Georgia.
6531 and 6544 Golden Ray Response Team
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6531 and 6544 Golden Ray Response Team

United States Coast Guard

Michael Vickers
Robert Mineo
Jeb Slick
Maximillian Sherno
Eric Young
Nathan Newberg
Joseph Kelly
Jared Blitz

For launching an extraordinary rescue effort to save the 24-member crew of motor vessel Golden Ray in St. Simons Sound, Georgia.

Last Published Date: December 9, 2020

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