Given Medal 8/5/1941
Given Medal BILL STEELE, Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Steele, 85 Riverside avenue, Santa Cruz, who Sunday was awarded the Wellman Gold Medal for Valor. Medal Will Be Sent To Local Youth Marion (Bill) Steele, son of Mrs. Elizabeth Steele of 85 Riverside avenue and a member of the state forestry fire-fighting crew with head quarters at Felton, will receive his Wellman Gold Medal of Valor in the mail today. On duty at the Big Creek fire suppression station near Swanton, young Steele was unable to go to San Francisco Sunday to participate in the radio dramatization of his experience in the Kober winery fire near Ben Lomond July 14, during which he distinguished himself for bravery. After the dramatization over the San Francisco station, the medal was presented by proxy and then mailed to Steele at his forestry post. The youth, a graduate of Santa Cruz high school and an assistant truck driver in the forestry crew, was declared the hero of the week by the San Francisco committee which awards the Wellman medal.