• 407 South Loudoun Street • Winchester, VA 22601 • 540.662.4118

  • The Valor Awards

  • Valor_Gold_Logo_png.png
  • Friday, November 1, 2019 | 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

    Clairion Inn and Conference Center
  • 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:

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


  • Upcoming Events

  • 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.
  • 2018 Award Winners: 2018 Award Winners:

    ‚ÄčGold Award of Valor

    • Robert Clark Nail, Civilian 

    Silver Award of Valor

    • Molly McCabe, Civilian 

    Bronze Award of Valor

    • Donald Whitacre, Clarke County of Fire and EMS Department
    • Beth Meade, Clarke County of Fire and EMS Department

    Lifesaving Award

    • Deputy Randall Hensley, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office
    • Sergeant Michael Ellinger, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office
    • Jennifer Hardy, Winchester Police Department
    • Officer Michael Upham, Winchester Police Department
    • Officer Scott Bultrowicz, Winchester Police Department

    Meritorious Action Award

    • Lynn and Thomas Miller, Civilian

    Unit Citation

    Winchester Police Department | Second Shift A Squad

    • Master Officer Sean O’Connor
    • Officer Scott Bultrowicz
    • Officer Mark Fischer
    • Officer Richard Lewis
    • Officer Justin Schumer
    • Officer Jesse Thurman
    • Detective Tyler Kalkbrenner

    Winchester Police Department | Crisis Negotiation Team

    • Deputy Chief Kelly Rice
    • Detective Sergeant Adam Orndorff
    • Detective Lisa Hyde
    • Corporal William Sales
    • Officer Andrea Enke
    • Officer Michael Upham
    • Lesly Lawson
    • Amy Stotlemyer

    Winchester Police Department | SWAT Team

    • Captain Mike Danielson
    • Captain Doug Watson
    • Lieutenant Rob Bower
    • Sergeant Michael Ackerman
    • Sergeant Jonathan Funk
    • Corporal Russell David
    • Corporal Tom Keller
    • Detective Adam McCoy
    • Detective Jonathan Dixon
    • Detective Tyler Kalkbrenner
  • Presented By:

  • Platinum Sponsor:

  • Gold Sponsors:

  • Testimonials

    "The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber is an incredibly valuable resource for the Shenandoah Valley..." – Adrienne G. Bloss, PhD, Provost, Shenandoah University.