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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
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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. 

Led by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, the California Department of Insurance is the consumer protection agency for the nation's largest insurance marketplace and safeguards all of the state’s consumers by fairly regulating the insurance industry. Under the Commissioner’s direction, the Department uses its authority to protect Californians from insurance rates that are excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory, oversee insurer solvency to pay claims, set standards for agents and broker licensing, perform market conduct reviews of insurance companies, resolve consumer complaints, and investigate and prosecute insurance fraud. Consumers are urged to call 1-800-927-4357 with any questions or contact us at via webform or online chat. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357. Teletypewriter (TTY), please dial 800-482-4833.

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