Reporting Michele Gile
IRVINE (CBSLA.com) — Among the officers who received the Medal Of Valor at the Orange County Sherrif’s 25th Annual Medal of Valor ceremony was a retired captain whose recognition has been 40 years coming.
Andy Romero, a retired Orange County deputy who had been raised to the rank of Captain, finally received his medal 40 years after a shootout that cost the lives of two deputies. Romero stopped the killer, and prevented more casualties.
“It’s always been traumatic, and its still traumatic, when you’re involved in one of these incidents,” Romero said. “It never goes away.”
A total of 34 officers were honored in the ceremony for acts that range everywhere from couragous to life-saving.
The Distinguished Deputy Medal went to Investigator Dan Salcedo for his many years of successful service.