Thirty-nine public safety personnel were honored at the inaugural Public Safety Valor Awards on Thursday, June 28. This new event, initiated by The Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, was presented by Highland Construction and Restoration to show community appreciation to our first responders in the City, County and at Fort Bragg.
Honorees were recognized for acts of heroism in the past year. Departments which were represented included: Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, Cumberland County EMS Paramedic Division, City of Fayetteville Police Department, City of Fayetteville Fire Department, Stony Point Fire Department, and Fort Bragg Fire and Emergency Service.
Three types of awards were given: a Certificate of Merit for outstanding work benefiting the department; the Lifesaving Award, in which personnel put their own safety at risk to save the life of another; and the prestigious Valor Award, for incidents in which acts of heroism are performed under extreme risk.
Recpients were nominated by their respective agencies, and nominations were reviewed by a layperson panel consisting of the event’s top sponsors, which included Highland Construction and Restoration, Cape Fear Valley Health System, Holmes Security, American Uniform Sales, Methodist University, and Cumberland County Fire Chiefs Association.
"While some of these individuals may have been recognized within their own departments, this was the one true way members of the business community and the public at large could say one huge “thank you” to those most deserving.”
“The amount of support we saw for this first year was incredible,” said Chamber President Christine Micahels. “I have run similar awards programs at other chambers, and the community outpouring here has been outstanding!”
If you were unable to join us, please enjoy the entire morning's program below.
Commissioner Jimmy Keefe
District Attorney Billy West
First Citizens Bank
Law Office of Caitlin Young Evans
Rep. Billy and Barbara Richardson
Stoney Point Fire Department
SUPPORTERS OF VALOR
Judge Jim Ammons
Judge Tal Baggett
Judge Toni King
Judge Stephen Stokes
Judge Mary Ann Tally
Senator Wesley Meredith
Sheriff Ennis Wright