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Melbourne Police Officers and Firefighters to Receive 2017 Valor Awards

Post Date:08/18/2017 1:21 PM

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City of Melbourne public safety personnel will be honored for acts of heroism along with members of the 45th Security Forces Squadron, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Bay Fire Rescue, Palm Bay Police Department, West Melbourne Police Department, and Titusville Police Department at the Melbourne Regional Chamber’s 9th Annual Valor Awards Banquet on Wednesday, August 23, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place.

“Each year, it is our privilege and honor to recognize our men and women in uniform,” said Justin Anderson, Interim President/CEO of the Melbourne Regional Chamber. “They are our life savers, protectors and peace keepers, and we salute them all.”

Three different types of awards will be presented: the Medal of Valor, the Life Saving Medal, and the Award of Merit.

The Medal of Valor is the highest award for bravery and heroism and is awarded in cases in which a public safety officials or units knowingly place their lives in peril of death or serious bodily harm while saving, or attempting to save, the lives of others. Sixteen members of the Melbourne Police Department will be presented with Medals of Valor:

  • Officer Tyler Davenport
  • Officer Urian D’Errico
  • Sergeant Brian Hart
  • Detective Sean Kirby
  • Officer Brent Kleeberg
  • Officer Charles Landmesser
  • Detective Ian McDaniel
  • Officer Jeremy Parnell
  • Officer Michael Sampieri
  • Sergeant Michael Schmid
  • Officer Brett Self
  • Officer Brian Smith
  • Officer Timothy Sonnenberg
  • Detective Michael Szczepanski
  • Detective Evan Wells
  • Officer Joseph Yorkey

The Life Saving Medal is awarded in recognition of acts taken in a life-threatening situation where an individual’s life is in jeopardy, either medically or physically. Four Melbourne Police Officers will receive this award: 

  • Officer Christopher Cote
  • Officer Luke Dummer
  • Officer Steve Linthicum
  • Officer Timothy Sonnenberg

The Award of Merit is awarded to those who have performed their jobs with exceptional skill, expertise, innovation and results. Five members of the Melbourne Fire Department will be recognized with this award:

  • Firefighter Rodney Calloway
  • Firefighter Kevin Hardy
  • Firefighter Robert Kleinschnitz
  • Firefighter Joseph Lucarotti
  • Lieutenant Gene Mizelle

The program, which is open to the public, starts at 6 p.m. on August 23. To register visit http://www.MelbourneRegionalChamber. Tickets are $50 for uniformed services, their guests and Chamber Members and are $62 for nonmembers. For more information about the event, call (321) 724-5400 or e-mail

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