Sheriff’s Sgt. Lopez and Deputies Seidler, and Manilla receive Medal of Valor for rescue in Moss Beach house fire

PRESS RELEASE

Redwood City, CA- Thursday, August 29, San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks honored several members of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office for two separate acts of heroism above and beyond the call of duty.

Earlier this year, Sergeant Lopez, Deputy Seidler and Deputy Manilla were dispatched to a house fire in Moss Beach. Without regard for their own safety, the three ran into the smoke filled house to rescue two young children believed to be trapped inside. 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, Sergeant Lopez, Deputy Seidler and Deputy Manilla were honored with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Medal of Valor in this morning’s ceremony.

For their actions in dealing with a suicidal subject late last year, Lieutenant Edmund Barberini and Sergeant Gary Ramos received Certificates of Commendation in this morning’s ceremony. Bravely risking great bodily injury to save the life of the individual and showing a tremendous amount of restraint, courage, and compassion, Lieutenant Edmund Barberini and Sergeant Gary Ramos were able to disarm the individual and get him the help he needed.

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.

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