Leadership of all respective departments submitted nominations for Valor Award honorees based on their performance over the past year. A selection committee chose the final winners, which were honored at the ceremony. The 2015 Arlington Chamber of Commerce Valor Award Honorees are as follows:
Arlington County Office of Emergency Management
Police Captain Bonnie Regan - Meritorious Service Award
Arlington County Office of the Sheriff
Major Michael Pinson - Meritorious Service Award
Corporal Phyllis Henderson - Life-Saving Award
Corporal Edwin Hill - Life-Saving Award
(R-L) Chief Jim Schwartz, Firefighter/EMT Chad Aldridge and his wife, President & CEO Kate Roche
Arlington County Police Department
K9 Corporal Aaron Tingle - Meritorious Service Award
Corporal Brian Ames - Life-Saving Award
Corporal Ryan Allen - Life-Saving Award
Detective Darrel Taber - Life-Saving Award
Arlington County Fire Department
Medical Director Dr. Reed Smith - Meritorious Service Award
Firefighter/EMT Taylor Brown - Life-Saving Award
Captain Craig Brightbill - Valor Award
Firefighter/EMT Chad Aldridge - Valor Award
Firefighter/EMT John Hirte - Valor Award
The ceremony began with a Presentation of the Colors by a combined Color Guard, and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Lieutenant Colonel John Orille, Deputy Commander, Joint Base of Myer-Henderson Hall. Chamber Chair Kevin Shooshan of The Shooshan Company welcomed guests to the event, then introduced emcee Doug Hill, Vice President, Weather and Chief Meteorologist for ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8.
For more information about the awards ceremony, detailed information on the honorees or high-resolution photographs, please contact Meredith Smith, Communications Manager, at (703) 525-2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to this year's sponsors, including Grand Sponsor Virginia Hospital Center and Select Sponsor Dominion, Premier Sponsors, Bank of Georgetown, Cardinal Bank, John Marshall Bank and Murphy Funeral Homes, Benefactor Sponsors, INOVA Health System, United Bank, and Patron Sponsor, Graham Holdings Company, for making this ceremony possible.