MCFRS News Release

Public Safety Valor Awards

Date: Friday, March 12, 2010
Time: Reception (11 a.m.) followed by Luncheon and Awards (12 p.m. - 2 p.m.)
Location: North Bethesda Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, Maryland
What: The largest event of its kind in the MD/VA/DC region attracting 1000+ business leaders, public safety agencies and elected officials. The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce 36th Annual Public Safety Awards Ceremony honoring the heroic deeds and community service initiatives of Montgomery County’s fire-rescue and law enforcement workers.


Along with the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service and Department of the Montgomery County Police, other public safety agencies being recognized are the Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Montgomery County Division.

Awards of Valor are designated in several categories, including the Gold Medal of Valor which is the premier award that recognizes an act of bravery involving extreme personal risk that is clearly above and beyond the call of duty or an incident of valor that results in serious injury or death. A Silver Medal of Valor recognizes acts of bravery involving great personal risk beyond the call of duty, while a Bronze Medal of Valor is awarded to those who are involved in unusual personal risk beyond expectation while performing the usual responsibility and can also be awarded for unusual judgment, zeal, or ingenuity during an emergency situation in the performance of duty.

Honorable Mention of Valor awards recognize acts of valor and acts that involve personal risk, unusual demonstration of judgment, zeal, or ingenuity not normally involved in the performance of duties. Unit Citations are presented to those groups who have collectively performed exceptional service. The (Police) Chief Bernard Crooke Community Service Award and the (Fire) Chief Leslie B. Thompson Community Service Award are special awards presented for dedication and initiative above and beyond the call of duty over a period of time that has affected and benefited the citizens of Montgomery County.