The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce hosted the inaugural Valor Awards on the morning of April 19 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. This event provided 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. Nearly 300 were in attendance and heard 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 served 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 and 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 Kirschner, 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 was 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 Foundation Repair (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).