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Melbourne Police Officers and Firefighters to Receive 2018 Valor Awards

Post Date:08/20/2018 9:48 AM

Valor Awards 2018 

City of Melbourne public safety personnel will be among local heroes honored at the Melbourne Regional Chamber’s 10th Annual Valor Awards Banquet on Wednesday, August 22, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place. 

Each year the Valor Awards honor local public safety and military personnel in the greater Melbourne region for acts above and beyond the call of duty. Multiple awards are presented to personnel, who were nominated by their respective chiefs and commanders, for putting themselves in harm's way to protect the citizens of our community.

Melbourne Police Department Officer Sean Kirby will be awarded a Medal of Valor — the highest award for bravery and heroism. The Medal of Valor recognizes first responders who knowingly place their lives in peril of death or serious bodily harm while saving, or attempting to save, the lives of others. 

The Life Saving Award recognizes acts taken to rescue an individual whose life is in jeopardy, either medically or physically. One Melbourne police officer and three Melbourne firefighters will receive this award: 

  • Officer Jesus Lopez
  • Firefighter/EMT Artur Gorski
  • Driver/Paramedic Steve Clemons
  • Lt. Darrell Sipplen 

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

  • Officer Maurizio Iervasi
  • Communications Officer Stacy Davenport
  • Communications Officer Wendy Luszczewski

The following members of the Melbourne Fire Department will also receive The Award of Merit:

  • Battalion Chief TJ Michaud
  • Lt. Jody Kahler
  • Driver/Engineer Josh Arnold
  • Firefighter Jack Hozdish
  • Firefighter Tim Jorgensen
  • Lt. Clark Simmons
  • Driver/Engineer Aaron Starkey
  • Firefighter Derek Casa
  • Firefighter John Jackson
  • Driver/Engineer TJ Mares
  • Firefighter Matt Graffam
  • Firefighter Jon Turner
  • Lt. Andrew Colbert
  • Firefighter Rodney Calloway
  • Firefighter Brent Dooley
  • Firefighter Todd Olsen
  • Lt. Phil McMenimen
  • Driver/Engineer Kurt Schmidt
  • Firefighter Eduardo Ribeiro
  • Lt. Monte Rann
  • Driver/Engineer Mike Grove
  • Firefighter Ryan Gordon
  • Firefighter Johnny Delaney

The program, which is open to the public, starts at 6 p.m. on August 22. For more information, and to register, please see the Melbourne Regional Chamber website

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