Citizen Honors Awardee
Jeffrey M. Ross
2010|Citizen Service Above Self Award|Roseville, CA
Jeffrey Michael Ross of Roseville, CA, who rescued a semiconscious woman from her sinking vehicle in the Folsom South Canal.
Jeffrey Michael Ross of Roseville, California has been recognized for rescuing a semiconscious woman from her sinking vehicle in the Folsom South Canal on July 12, 2009. After observing a demolished fence, Ross investigated further and found a woman trapped inside a sinking vehicle. He ran to the edge of the canal and dove into the murky water, and swam towards the vehicle. He opened the vehicle’s window and began loosening the woman’s seatbelt and helping her out of the sinking vehicle. Suddenly, the vehicle slipped beneath the surface of the water. At the last moment, he was able to free her from the vehicle. Ross along with two other good Samaritans pulled the woman to safety. Jeffrey Michael Ross’ act of extraordinary selflessness and bravery continues to be an inspiration and a credit to the state of California and to his fellow Americans.