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By Jeff Pack

Cal Fire helicopter crew receives medal of valor


Last updated 9/13/2018 at 7:29pm

Cal Fire Riverside County Fire Department

Pictured from left to right are, Fire Captain Donald Kowalski, Fire Captain David Rodriguez, Battalion Chief Justin McGough, Pilot George Karcher and Firefighter Nathan Carrion.

Four of Cal Fire Riverside Unit's best were given California State Firefighters Association Medal of Valor awards Thursday, Sept. 6, for their role in rescuing a stranded rock climber on the face of the 8,800-foot Lily Rock in the Mt. San Jacinto Wilderness exactly one year ago.

Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base Helicopter 901 pilot George Karcher, crew chief Capt. David Rodriguez and rescuers, fire Capt. Donald Kowalski and firefighter Nathan Carrion were present to receive the CSFA Medal of Valor at the at the Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage last week.

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