Life-saving rescue leads to rare Medal of Valor for Norfolk firefighter 

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NORFOLK, Va. - Norfolk Fire-Rescue held its annual Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony Thursday night honoring members for their bravery over the past year.

Among the awards presented, Capt. William Sigafoos received the prestigious Medal of Valor, which is the highest award a member of Norfolk Fire-Rescue can receive.

Only 12 Medals of Valor have been given out throughout the award ceremony's history.

Capt. Sigafoos was recognized for his life-saving water rescue of a girl in May, who was about a 1/2 mile off shore near East Ocean View Avenue.

Medals of Honor and Merit were given out Thursday along with other awards.