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Top Of Virginia Chamber Of Commerce Valor Award Winners

3 November 2017 News


Members of the community attended the 5th Annual Valor Awards on November 2nd, to honor local public safety members and every day citizens who have gone above and beyond to ensure the safety of others. The Top of Virginia Chamber announced the 2016-2017 Valor Award Winners.

During the Valor Awards, the attendees heard stories of the award winners and their acts of courage and compassion in their attempts to protect and save others. The acts of heroism include first responders who revived a co-worker in cardiac arrest, citizens who came to the aid of a woman being accosted on the street, officers dealing with those suffering from poor mental health, and deputies and firefighters risking life and limb to assist those in dire need even though their chances of survival were slim.

Citizen Award: Recognition of citizen(s) for their extraordinary acts of courage in emergency situations or actions which directly result in the saving of a human life.

  • Wanda Shepley
  • Roger Marchant
  • Casey Marchant

Unit Citation: Recognition of acts by a unit/division/company demonstrating unusual judgment, ingenuity and/or personal risk and bravery during an emergency situation, when such action is beyond that normally expected in the performance of duty.

  • Winchester Police Department | Second Shift A Squad
  • Officer Mark Fischer
  • Master Officer Sean O’Connor
  • Corporal Justin Schumer
  • Sergeant Josh Spishak
  • Winchester Police Department |First Shift A Squad
    • Master Officer Aaron Cave
    • Detective Lisa Hyde
    • Officer Katlynn Slonaker
    • Master Officer Brian South
    • Corporal Thomas Wyatt

Meritorious Action Award: Recognition of individuals for exemplary action, placing themselves in a situation of personal risk.

Lifesaving Award: Recognition of actions in emergency circumstances which directly results in saving of a human life.

  • Deputy James Herron, Clarke County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sergeant Jason Hough, Clarke County Sheriff’s Office
  • Rebecca White, Clarke County Sheriff’s Office
  • Rebecca Richards, Clarke County Sheriff’s Office
  • Christopher Smith, Continental
  • Erle Shull, Continental
  • Deputy Stephen Gregory, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office
  • Deputy David Cullers, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sergeant Michael David Ellinger, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office
  • Deputy Samantha Garrison, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office
  • Deputy Travis Adamson, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sergeant Brian King, Winchester Police Department

Silver Award of Valor – Recognition of acts involving significant personal risk and bravery beyond that which is expected during the normal performance of duty.

  • Master Officer Jason Poe, Winchester Police Department

Gold Award of Valor – Recognition of acts involving supreme sacrifice or extreme personal risk and heroism which is clearly above and beyond the call of duty.

These awards acknowledged heroic acts during the time period of July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Winchester Fire & Rescue Department Foundation to provide equipment for the Skyline Regional Justice Academy.

 


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