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Advisory - Department of Insurance employee receives Governor’s Medal of Valor Award for first time

News: 2018 Press Release

For Release: May 16, 2018
Media Calls Only: 916-492-3566
Email Inquiries: cdipress@insurance.ca.gov
Department of Insurance employee receives Governor’s Medal of Valor Award for first time

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Detective Aivaras Petraitis, will be the first detective, and department employee, to receive the Governor's State Employee Medal of Valor Award. The Governor's Medal of Valor Award is the highest honor California bestows on its public servants. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones will be presenting the Special Act Award to Detective Petraitis for his extraordinary act of heroism when he risked his own life saving a mother and her son from drowning in the ocean.

WHO: California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones
 Detective Aivaras Petraitis 

WHEN:  Thursday, May 17, 2018
1:30 p.m.  

WHERE: CHP Academy
3500 Reed Avenue
West Sacramento, CA 95605

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Media Notes:

  • Detective Aivaras Petraitis may be interviewed but not photographed as he does undercover work. 
  • Commissioner Dave Jones and Deputy Insurance Commissioner George Mueller will be on site and available for photos and interviews. 


The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $310 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance website at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.4357. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.

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