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2012 Valor Award Honorees Named

2012 Valor Public Safety Awards Honorees Named
Recognition luncheon set for Tuesday, Oct. 16

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Acts of courage and selfless bravery by first responders throughout Douglas County will be recognized at this year’s Valor Public Safety Awards recognition on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Three women and 14 men will be recognized as 2012 Valor Public Safety Award honorees for their actions to save lives and protect the residents of Lawrence and Douglas County. The Valor Public Safety Awards Program is the community’s opportunity to acknowledge and thank our first responders and their families for the sacrifices they make every day.

“All too often we take for granted the sacrifices of our first responders,” said John Ross, Chair of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. “These men and women contribute greatly to our quality of life in Douglas County. They routinely put their lives on the line to protect us. The Valor Awards provide us with an opportunity, as a community, to let them know we appreciate what they do.”

This year’s honorees represent the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Lawrence Douglas County Fire-Medical and the Lawrence Police Department. The honorees are:

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office: Deputy Joey Frost and Deputy Kristen Dymacek – Life Saving Valor Award. Deputy Bradley Bissey – Meritorious Service Valor Award.

Lawrence Douglas County Fire-Medical: Engineer Nicholas Simon – Life Saving Valor Award.

Lawrence Police Department: Meritorious Service Award: Sergeant Trent McKinley; Officer Samuel Hiatt; Sergeant Anthony Brixius. Life Saving Valor Award: Officer Tina Shambaugh; Officer Tracy Russell; Officer Leo Souders; Officer Charles Stewart. Meritorious Service Valor Award and Bronze Valor Award – Officer Steven Ramsdell. Bronze Valor Award: Sergeant Susan Hadl (retired); Officer Steven Verbanic; Officer Sutagee Anglin; Officer Adam Welch; and Officer Shawn Gross.

The Valor Awards Recognition luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Lied Center. Keynote speaker for the event is astronaut and honorary U.S. Marshal Jim Reilly. The event is open to the public. Cost to attend is $35 for the public and $25 for first responders. Click here to make a reservation, or call 785.865.4411. Attendance is limited to the first 200 reservations. Reservations must be received no later than Tuesday, Oct. 9.

The heart of the Valor Awards Program lies in its scholarship program. The children of Valor honorees are eligible for a one-time $1,000 stipend to help with expenses of their post-secondary education at an accredited technical college, university or community college.

To date, five college-age children of the inaugural class of Valor honorees have been awarded Valor Public Safety Scholarships to help them as they begin their college careers.

All donations to the Valor Public Safety Scholarship are tax deductible. Donations may be made to the Douglas County Community Foundation. For information on donating to the Valor Public Safety Awards program, visit the website at www.lawrencekansasvalorawards.org  or contact Eileen Hawley at ehawley@lawrencechamber.com or call 785.865.4408.

This community-wide hero recognition program was created by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Harry Herington, CEO, NIC Inc.

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