Caltrans maintenance workers honored for saving lives


California Construction News staff writer

The State of California honored 11 Caltrans employees with the Governor’s State Employee Medal of Valor, the highest honor available to public servants. The awards are given to state employees for acts of heroism that go beyond the normal call of duty and at great personal risk to protect state property or save lives.

“These 11 Caltrans workers courageously saved others while putting their own lives at risk. Today, we join Governor Gavin Newsom in honoring them and showing our gratitude for their selfless acts. We are extremely proud that they are part of our Caltrans family,” Caltrans director Tony Tavares, Caltrans director said in a statement.

Landscape maintenance worker Brian Rubalcava and highway maintenance worker Jason Lofton were awarded the Silver Medal of Valor for their heroic act during a dangerous rescue in extreme cold weather down steep terrain to save a couple after their vehicle went over a snow-covered embankment in Siskiyou County on Dec. 19, 2021.

Equipment operators Jeremy Maraviov, Scott Davidson and Trevor Gipson were awarded with the Silver Medal of Valor for saving a father and young son after their car went down a steep embankment in Trinity County on Dec. 26, 2021.

Highway maintenance worker Nicholas Macias and equipment operator Robert Hernandez were awarded the Silver Medal of Valor for saving a man trapped inside a burning vehicle in Merced on Aug. 3, 2022.

Equipment operator Roberto Lopez was awarded the Gold Medal of Valor for rescuing a colleague who was trapped in a burning vehicle after an incident with a cargo truck in San Diego County on May 26, 2022.

Maintenance area superintendent Cody Collins and transportation engineering technician Jeffrey Scardine were awarded the Silver Medal of Valor for rescuing a student who fell while taking a bank scaling and rock-climbing course in Kingvale on Oct. 6, 2022. The student was dangling by rope, putting him into a life-threatening situation. Collins and Scardine rappelled, and transferred the student safely to the ground, saving his life.

Highway maintenance worker William Miller was awarded the Silver Medal of Valor for rescuing a woman after her vehicle struck his in the early morning of Jan. 21, 2020, in Placer County. Despite his injuries, Miller saved the woman in the other vehicle before both vehicles were engulfed in flames.

Gov. Edmund G. Brown Sr. presented the first awards in 1959. Since then, more than 700 state employees, including 116 Caltrans employees, have earned the honor for their courage and selflessness in the face of danger.

Watch the 2023 Medal of Valor Interview video.


  1. Awesome and inspiring
    Congratulations to these individuals and we all hope the victims do not have any long-lasting injuries. My wife and I have always commented that there are more good people out there, in lieu of the negative comments by the media.
    Thank you to all and have a blessed day ahead and many more to follow.


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