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  • 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, 2019 through July 31, 2020.


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    An officer who had shots fired at him by a bank robber, firefighters who ran into a burning home in an attempt to save lives, and a citizen who saved the life of a priest by administering CPR.  These are three examples of heroic actions that were honored at previous Valor Awards ceremonies.

    The award categories are as follows:

    PUBLIC SAFETY VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR - Acknowledges an individual volunteer who has displayed outstanding commitment to the mission of the agency, demonstrated support of agency goals, and provided dependable and exceptional assistance on the agency’s behalf. 

    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.

  • 2019 Award Winners: 2019 Award Winners:

    ‚ÄčGold Award of Valor

    Winchester Police Department  

    Officer Alexandria Warren, Officer Anna Shelton, Sgt. Jonathan Funk, Sgt. Justin Schumer, Officer Jeffery Ferraro, Officer Joshua Avery, Cpl. Brittney Kotynski-Neer, Officer Jerad Miller & Ofc. Patrick Jefferson

    Winchester Police Department 

    Sgt. Frank Myrtle, Cpl. Aaron Wyant, Sgt. Chaz Niang, Cpl. Schraff, Ofc.Raymond Rice, Ofc. Alexandria Warren, Cpl. Ryan Oravec, Ofc. Anna Shelton, Ofc. Bryan Derryberry, Ofc. Schott Bultrowicz & Ofc. Trent Marchi

    Silver Award of Valor

    • Terri Mellott, Winchester Emergency Communications 

    Bronze Award of Valor

    • Cpl. Keith Nixon, Winchester Police Department 

    Certificate of Valor

    • Kaitlyn Mitchell ECS II, Jennifer Hardy ECS II,Tammy DeHaven ECS III & Michael Sale Lead ECS, Winchester Communications Department 

    Lifesaving Award

    • FF Tyler Tugman, Lt. Timothy Vaught & Paramedic, Adam Beahm, Winchester Fire & Rescue

    • Lt. Brian King, Winchester Police Department 

    • Seth Fox, Dan Wall & Jim Henry, Shea Homes 

    • Investigator J.J. Hackett & Deputy G.W. Umbel, Frederick County Sheriff's Office

    • Lt. Warren Gosnell & Deputy AJ Kendra, Frederick County Sheriff's Office

    • Eric White, Frederick County Sheriff's Office

    • Joshua Wilkins, Citizen

    Meritorious Action Award

    • Robert Fowler & Christian Morales, Civilians 

    Unit Citation

    Winchester Police Department | Second Shift 

    • Sgt. Justin Meredith, Cpl. Sean O’Connor, Det. Jesse Thurman, Ofc. Katlin Dick, Ofc. Andrew Davies, Ofc. Mark Fischer, Ofc. Stephanie Sills & Ofc. Jillian Aberdeen

    Winchester Police Department | Third Shift 

    • Sgt. Frank Myrtle, Cpl. Aaron Wyant, Ofc. Daniel Herbert, Ofc. Connor Molloy & Ofc. Jared Miller

    Volunteer in Policing 

    • Tony Eye, Volunteering in Policing, Winchester Police Department 
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