The event is open to the public, advanced registration is required.
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.
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:
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.
Gold 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
Bronze Award of Valor
Certificate of Valor
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
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
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