Five members of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office were commended at a ceremony in Redwood City on Thursday morning for showing heroism in two incidents.
Sheriff's Sgt. Saul Lopez, Deputy Mike Seidler and Deputy Edgar Manilla were honored for going above and beyond the call of duty at a house fire in mid-February. The deputies ran into a burning Moss Beach home to save the lives of two young girls and a pet dog on Feb. 18.
The deputies were first on scene and were told that the girls were sleeping in an upstairs bedroom. Without hesitation, the deputies entered the home and grabbed the girls and carried them to safety. The deputies and the girls were treated for smoke inhalation.
The deputies were awarded the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Medal of Valor at a commendation ceremony at the San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City.
Lt. Edmund Barberini and Sgt. Gary Ramos received Certificates of Commendation in the ceremony for their actions in disarming a suicidal person late last year. Sheriff's Office public information officer Rebecca Rosenblatt said they showed bravery and risked great bodily injury to save the life of another person.
All were given awards by San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks.