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  • The Valor Awards

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  • Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

    Best Western Lee-Jackson Inn & Conference Center
  • The event is open to the public, but advanced tickets are required.  Individual tickets are $50. Registration will be open closer to the event.

  • 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 are for the 2017 Valor Awards are for specific acts that occurred from July 2016 through June 2017.

    A portion of the proceeds from the event will go toward equipment for the Skyline Regional Criminal Justice Academy.

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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.
    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.
  • 2016 Award Recipients: 2016 Award Recipients:

    Citizen Award:

    Patrick Lickey, Darrell Ferrebee, and Ralph Elliott, Town of Berryville Public Works
    Daniel Stottlemyer and Jackson Miller, Civilians
    Unit Citation:
    Dustin Amtower, 
    Allen Baldwin, 
    Gerald Bohus, 
    Matthew Gearhart, 
    Bryant Gochenour,
    Jeremy Greenbacker, J
    effrey Hartman, Jonathan Hartze, 
    Scott Kensinger,
    Kevin Layman,
    Jeremy Luttrell, Eddie McClellan, Matt Mintschenko, 
    Matthew Morris,
    James D. Orndorff, 
    Adam Still, 
    Craig Strawderman,
    Chris Umphrey,
    Stephanie Arnold, 
    Christopher Dunn, 
    Ryan Baldwin, 
    Carl Fiske, 
    Bobby Luttrell, 
    Jared Priddy, 
    Cameron Tussing,
    Amy Strickler,
    Dawnette Jones, 
    ob Blackley, and 
    Don Bowers
     Winchester Fire & Rescue A-Shift Personnel
    Brandon Buchanan, Drew Dehaven, Scott Gray, Benjamin Hoopengardner, 
    Christopher Umphrey, Mark Clowser, and Bobby Luttrell
    Winchester Fire & Rescue B-Shift Personnel
    Meritorius Action Award:
    Deputy Steven Alger, Frederick County Sheriff's Office
    Deputy Heath Seagle,   Virginia State Police
    Life Saving Award:
    Firefighter Bryant Gochenour, Firefighter Jeffrey Hartman, 
    Firefighter Matthew Morris, and Firefighter Kevin Layman
    Winchester Fire & Rescue Department
    Corporal Justin Schumer, Officer Jesse Thurman, and Corporal Keith Nixon
    Winchester Police Department
    Deputy William Comstock, Deputy Aaron Jeter, Lieutenant Warren Gosnell, and Deputy Eric White
    Frederick County Sheriff's Office
    Kelly Brill, Lead Emergency Communication Specialist, Winchester Emergency Communication Center 
    Sergeant Jason Hough, Clarke County Sheriff's Office
    Community Impact Award:
    Lauren Cummings and Tim Coyne, Substance Abuse Coalition
    Certificate of Valor:
    Deputy Eric Cutter, Frederick County Sheriff's Office
    Bronze Medal of Valor:
    Deputy Anthony Madigan, Frederick County Sheriff's Office
    Silver Medal of Valor:
    Trooper Pamela Neff, Virginia State Police
    Gold Medal of Valor:
    Sergeant David Holliday, Frederick County Sheriff's Office
    Merrill Naylor, Civilian
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