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  • The Valor Awards

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  • Thursday, November 1, 2018 | 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 are for the 2018 Valor Awards are for specific acts that occurred from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. 

    The beneficiary this year is the Winchester City Sheriff’s Office Foundation and the project the funds will support is a Project Lifesaver System. This is a tracking system which helps people who suffer from Alzheimer’s or autism that causes them to wander. Funding will cover initial startup fees and provide “scholarships” to local families that deal with this situation but cannot afford the cost of the equipment.

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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.
  • 2017 Award Winners: 2017 Award Winners:

    ‚ÄčGold Award of Valor

    • DeWayne Nalls, Clarke County Fire and EMS Department
    • Wade Wilson, Clarke County Fire and EMS Department

    Silver Award of Valor

    • Master Officer Jason Poe, Winchester Police Department

    Lifesaving Award

    • Christopher Smith, Continental
    • Erle Shull, Continental
    • Deputy James Herron, Clarke County Sheriff’s Office
    • Sergeant Jason Hough, Clarke County Sheriff’s Office
    • Rebecca Richards, Clarke County Sheriff’s Office
    • Rebecca White, Clarke County Sheriff’s Office
    • Deputy Travis Adamson, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office
    • Deputy David Cullers, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office
    • Sergeant Michael David Ellinger, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office
    • Deputy Samantha Garrison, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office
    • Deputy Stephen Gregory, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office
    • Sergeant Brian King, Winchester Police Department

    Meritorious Action Award

    • Officer Donald Mason, Berryville Police Department
    • Officer Brandon Piper, Berryville Police Department

    Citizen Award

    • Casey Marchant
    • Roger Marchant
    • Wanda Shepley

    Unit Citation

    Winchester Police Department | Second Shift A Squad

    • Officer Mark Fischer
    • Master Officer Sean O’Connor
    • Corporal Justin Schumer
    • Sergeant Josh Spishak

    Winchester Police Department | First Shift A Squad

    • Master Officer Aaron Cave
    • Detective Lisa Hyde
    • Officer Katlynn Slonaker
    • Master Officer Brian South
    • Corporal Thomas Wyatt
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  • Platinum Sponsor:

  • Gold Sponsors:

  • Silver Sponsor:
    Crown Trophy
  • Contributing Sponsors:
    SL Hunter Photography
    Wilkin's ShoeCenter, Inc.
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