Caltrans employee awarded Medal of Valor for rescue near Pulga

                           Travis Sutton

Caltrans District 2 announced that one of its employees, Travis Sutton, an Equipment Operator II in Pulga, has been awarded with the Governor’s State Employee Medal of Valor for risking his life to save another.

On March 21, 2021, around 7 a.m., Sutton was plowing snow on State Route 70 in the Feather River Canyon when he noticed tire tracks going off the roadway toward the Feather River. Sutton stopped to investigate and that’s when he saw a vehicle in the river and heard a woman calling for help. Sutton immediately notified dispatch and then made his way down to the river to help the woman and get her back up to the roadway. As they waited for emergency officials to arrive, Sutton helped the woman into his vehicle and gave her his jacket to help warm her up.
The State Employee Medal of Valor is the highest honor California bestows on its public servants. All of us here at District 2 are incredibly proud to have Sutton, and many others like him, on our team.