Members of Los Angeles County's Urban Search and Rescue Team were feted by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday for their role in rescue efforts after last month's Oklahoma City bombing.
The team spent nearly 10 days working 12-hour shifts to search for survivors and unearth remains in the aftermath of the April 19 blast at the Alfred P. Murrah building.
"In the midst of death, you affirmed the sanctity of life," Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky told 62 members of the team who received special commendations.
Those honored included several of the team's dog handlers and their charges, who got cheers from a Hall of Administration audience of county officials and family members.
Also honored were firefighters, engineers and medical personnel.
The county crew was one of 11 teams from around the country dispatched to Oklahoma City by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to aid in rescue efforts.