Governor and Secretary of State Award Medals Struck by Northwest Territorial Mint to Washington's Most Valorous and Meritorious

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The Medal of Valor for uncommon courage in the act of saving another's life was presented to Timothy Bourasaw and Rick Bowers of Arlington; Alana Schutt of Lynnwood, and Edward D. Marsette of Auburn. The Medal of Merit in recognition of a lifetime of extraordinary achievement was presented to Linda B. Buck, Ph. D., Dale Chihuly, Bonnie J. Dunbar, Ph. D., and former Washington Governor Dan Evans.

Amazing achievements demand amazing medals. In Washington State - and maybe the world - there is only one company with the experience and skill to create such an award.

Headquartered in Auburn, Washington, Northwest Territorial Mint is a global leader in designing and producing custom recognition and promotion items for individuals, businesses, and government entities.

In a special joint legislative session on January 24, 2007, Governor Christine Gregoire and Secretary of State Sam Reed presented eight individuals with custom achievement medals created by Northwest Territorial Mint.

The Medal of Valor for uncommon courage in the act of saving another's life was presented to Timothy Bourasaw and Rick Bowers of Arlington; Alana Schutt of Lynnwood, and Edward D. Marsette of Auburn. The Medal of Merit in recognition of a lifetime of extraordinary achievement was presented to Linda B. Buck, Ph. D., Dale Chihuly, Bonnie J. Dunbar, Ph. D., and former Washington Governor Dan Evans.

Though made from different materials, the medals display the same basic design, consisting of the seal of the State of Washington surrounded by a raised laurel wreath on the front and engraved message on the reverse. Both medals feature a green ribbon suspended from a thin metal bar.

The Medal of Valor is made of pure silver and features a solid silver bar at the top of the ribbon that reads "For Valor." The reverse is engraved with the name of the recipient and an inscription that reads "For exceptionally valorous service, given in the act of saving the life of another."

The Medal of Merit is made from solid bronze. In addition to the recipient's name, the reverse reads "For exceptionally meritorious conduct in performing outstanding services to the people and state of Washington."

In his formal remarks given at the Capitol ceremony, Mr. Reed commented that the medals "…are of the highest quality and are a testament to the professionalism and attention to detail of the people who made them."

The event was broadcast live on TVW, which provides uninterrupted television and web coverage of Washington State government proceedings and special events. To access additional information and to view coverage of this event, go to http://www.tvw.org/media/liveevnts.cfm.

About Northwest Territorial Mint:

Since 1984, Northwest Territorial Mint has specialized in designing and creating custom coins, medallions, and related items of the highest craftsmanship for individuals and institutions worldwide. In addition to its corporate offices and 30,000 square-foot minting facility located in Auburn, Washington, the company maintains a nationwide network of resources, including a die-cutting facility in Green Bay, Wisconsin, a sales office in Springfield, Virginia, and a retail store in The Pentagon. For more information about Northwest Territorial Mint's custom minting capabilities and to see samples of its work, visit http://www.nwtmint.com. To contact a member of the company's sales team, call toll-free 1-800-344-6468 (7:00 AM - 5:00 PM., Pacific Time).

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