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Auburn Firefighter Awarded State Medal of Valor

Seven CalFire fighters have received the state’s highest honor, including one firefighter from the local Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit. CalFire Information Officer Lynne Tolmachoff says 14 emergency responders in all, received the Medal of Valor…

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In the local case, Fire Captain Specialist Douglas Mackey received the recognition for what happened on December 21, 2014, in Auburn. Mackey was on routine patrol, and heard a Sheriff’s call of gunfire in a residential area. He responded and learned that a lone gunman was holed up inside a house, shooting at officers and neighboring homes. A SWAT team deputy was on the roof, trying to deploy tear gas, and the suspect had set fire to the garage, and a neighboring home…

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So Mackey’s actions likely saved the lives of three people. The award ceremony was held at the California Highway Patrol Academy in Sacramento yesterday.

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