We were in the studio for The Valley Business Today with Jody Wall, Director of Program Development for the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber and 2019 Valor Awards committee members: Katrina Meade from City National Bank & Frederick County Sheriff, Lenny Millholland. Jody gave us the information for the 2019 Valor Awards dinner, now in it’s 7th year, happening on Friday, November 1, 2019 from 5:30pm – 8pm at the Clarion Inn & Conference. Tickets can be purchased at the chamber office or via their website: https://www.regionalchamber.biz/the-valor-awards The ceremony recognizes members of the various public safety departments, as well as every day citizens who have gone above and beyond to ensure the safety of others.  Awards for the 2019 Valor Awards are for specific acts that occurred from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. The award categories are as follows: CITIZENS 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. 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. 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. CERTIFICATE OF VALOR – Recognition of actions demonstrating unusual judgment, zeal or ingenuity, not normally involved in the performance of duties. BRONZE AWARD OF VALOR – Recognition of acts involving personal risk and demonstrating unusual judgment, zeal and/or ingenuity during an emergency situation, when such action is beyond that normally expected in the performance of duty. SILVER AWARD OF VALOR – Recognition of acts involving significant personal risk and bravery beyond that which is expected during the normal performance of duty. 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. Funds from this year’s Valor Awards event will go to the Frederick County/Winchester Law Enforcement Foundation to be used to benefit community events coordinated by the Winchester Police Department the purpose of which is to increase transparency, build relationships, and educate the public on law enforcement and trends that may affect them. Some of these events include community fairs, Cookies with Cops, Coloring with Cops, the North End Summer Kickoff, and the Junior Academy. The department also creates packets of information to provide education and information to the community regarding bike safety, bullying, self-defense, child safety seat installations, elder abuse, and fraud alerts. Additional goals of these programs include:

  • Enhancing recruitment efforts to grow a more diverse workforce
  • Mending relationships or build strong relationships within certain communities
  • Feeding persons in need