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El Dorado County Sheriff Deputy receives top state honor

Governor awards Medal of Valor to local deputy
By: El Dorado Hills Telegraph Staff
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Deputy Todd Carver was one of six from around the state to receive the award, presented today by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “These six officers are the best and bravest California has to offer and we honor them today for going above and beyond in answering the call of duty,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “These individuals personify what it means to be a hero – and we thank them for their service, their courage and for dedicating their lives to protecting the lives of those in their communities.” The award recipients were unanimously recommended to the state Attorney General, who in turn recommends them to the governor. “It is a privilege to stand in the company of such brave individuals,” said Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. “They embody in their lives the courageous spirit of California that has always made this state great.” On June 5, 2007, Deputy Carver responded to a report of shots fired. The suspect, who was heavily armed, shot and killed his father, injured three deputies and a sheriff’s K-9. Deputy Carver came face to face with the suspect moments after the suspect shot the three deputies. Deputy Carver gave the suspect a verbal command to surrender, after which the suspect fired a shot at Carver, narrowly missing him. Deputy Carver returned fire, stopping the suspect from injuring or killing more innocent people, according to a press release from the governor’s office.