HAMPTON ROADS, VA – The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host the inaugural Valor Awards on Friday, April 19 from 8:00-9:30a.m. at the Virginia Beach Convention Center (1000 19th Street). This event provides the Hampton Roads business community an opportunity to thank and recognize local police, fire and EMS personnel for extraordinary acts of courage and resourcefulness in the line of duty. Honorees, their families, and area business leaders will gather to hear the moving and inspiring accounts of bravery and amazing stories of the lives that were saved by these selfless rescuers. WVEC-TV 13 News Anchor/Reporter Vanessa Coria will serve as emcee.
-Ultimate Sacrifice & Gold Medal of Valor: Officer James Winslow, Suffolk Police Department
-Silver Medal of Valor: Officer Jonathan Williams, Chesapeake Police Department
-Silver Medal of Valor: MPR Timothy Hamed & Officer Justin Trout, Virginia Beach Police Department
-Bronze Medal of Valor: Probationary Police Officer Chelsea Parker, Virginia Beach Police Department
-Bronze Medals of Valor: Captain Brian Lee, Lieutenant Jerry Bohn, Firefighter Kyle Billips, Firefighter Charles Cook & Firefighter Kurt Johnson, Chesapeake Fire Department
Officer K.O. Aldrich Norfolk Police Department
Senior Firefighter Joseph C. Asbell Suffolk Fire Department
Officer W.E. Collard Norfolk Police Department
Officer Edward Cunningham Virginia Beach Police Department
Firefighter Medic II Terry S. Davenport Suffolk Fire Department
Senior Firefighter David W. Dickens Suffolk Fire Department
Sergeant Steve Jenkins Portsmouth Police Department
Captain William T. Kessinger, Sr. Suffolk Fire Department
Mr. Barry Krischner Virginia Beach EMS
Lieutenant Taz A. Lancaster Suffolk Fire Department
Firefighter Medic II Colton S. Pulley Suffolk Fire Department
Captain Chris Riley Portsmouth Fire Department
Officer Jason Saburn Chesapeake Police Department
Officer C.J. Scallon Norfolk Police Department
Officer Rachael Thomas Chesapeake Police Department
The Excellence in Public Safety Award will be given to the Virginia Beach Fire Department for their response to the FA-18 Jet Crash on April 6, 2012.
Thanks to sponsors: TowneBank (Presenting); JES (Platinum); Virginia Beach Convention Center (Gold); Sentara Healthcare (Medal of Valor Sponsor); WVEC 13 News (Media); Dale Carnegie Training of Eastern Virginia-Wade Powell & Associates, GEICO, T2 Training- Trauma Training FX, Inc. (Silver).
About the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce (www.HamptonRoadsChamber.com)
The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit, member-based business organization. The Chamber is a vigorous advocate for the economic success of its nearly 2,000 member businesses, which employ more than 280,000 men and women in southeastern Virginia. The Chamber promotes Hampton Roads’ healthy business climate through economic development, public policy initiatives, services and benefits to members. The Chamber is dedicated to creating economic opportunity and enhancing the quality of life in Hampton Roads.