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Two deputies earn valor award for daring rescue

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At a press conference on Aug. 26, 2010, rock climbers Meg Rippy and Andre Doria, left, both 27, were brought together with sheriff's deputies Scott Bligh, center, and Gary Kneeshaw, far right, who rescued them. At center right, in background, is Lt. Todd Richardson. — Peggy Peattie

Two San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies are among 13 California heroes who were awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, the state’s highest public safety award, for service considered above and beyond the call of duty.

Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris presented the awards Wednesday in Sacramento.

The local recipients were Deputies Scott Bligh and Gary Kneeshaw, who made a daring helicopter rescue that saved the lives of two rock climbers trapped by flames last year on the face of El Cajon Mountain.

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