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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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  • Award Categories: Award Categories:

    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:

    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.

    GOLD CITIZEN OF THE YEAR*- Recognition of a citizen for their extraordinary acts of courage in an emergency situation while performing exceptional tasks to save a 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.

    *NEW in 2020

  • 2020 Award Winners: 2020 Award Winners:

    ​Gold Award of Valor

    • Sergeant (Retired) Nicholas D. Chambers, Clarke County Sheriffs Office 

    Silver Award of Valor

    • Officer Bryan Derryberry and Officer Bryan Derryberry, Winchester Police Department

    • Deputy Nathan B. Spence, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office

    Bronze Award of Valor

    • Sergeant Stephen D. Gregory and Deputy Gerald W. Umbel, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office

    Certificate of Valor

    • Officer Bryan Derryberry, Winchester Police Department

    • Deputy William M. Comstock and Deputy Eric R. Cutter, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office

    Lifesaving Award

    • Lieutenant Adam Still, Winchester Fire & Rescue Department

    • Detective Jesse Thurman, Winchester Police Department

    • Deputy Matthew Clark, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office

    • Deputy Travis L. Bridgeforth, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office

    • Deputy Jason Walther, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office

    • Deputy Donmanuel O. Garcia, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office

    • Sergeant Stephen D. Gregory, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office

    • Sergeant Bryan C. Smith, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office

    • Officer Joseph Shoremount, Berryville Police Department

    Meritorious Action Award

    • Officer Preston Funk, Berryville Police Department

    Unit Citation

    Frederick County Fire and Rescue:  North Mountain Fire and Rescue

    • Rescue Sergeant Bejamin Smith

    • Technician James Lanman

    • Specialist Bryan Beverage

    • Technician Ryan Steele

    • Technician Joe Spacht

    Winchester Fire and Rescue: Station 1-B Shift

    • Firefighter/EMT Quinton Godfrey

    • Lieutenant Gerald Bohus

    • Battalion Chief Larry Baker

    • Master Technician Brian Roth

    • Volunteer Firefighter Ryan Lonas

    • Dispatcher Andrea Turner

    Winchester Fire and Rescue: WFRD: Engine 1, Medic 1, Ladder 2

    • Battalion Chief Larry Baker

    • Lieutenant Gerald Bohus

    • Firefighter Brian Roth

    • Firefighter/EMT Jeff Hartman

    • Master Technician Dustin Amtower

    • Master Technician Chris Dunn

    • Firefighter Thomas Whipple

    • Firefighter Michael Vickers

    Gold Citizen of the Year

    • Bailey Dillow, Winchester Medical Center

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