19th Annual VALOR Public Safety Awards Honor Gwinnett’s Bravest

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The Gwinnett Chamber, alongside Mobile Communications America and Motorola Solutions, hosted the 19th Annual VALOR Public Safety Awards at the Gas South District this morning. Over 340 attendees gathered, including business professionals, community leaders, and first responders, to honor individuals dedicated to Gwinnett’s safety.

Nick Masino, President and CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett, congratulated this year’s honorees and thanked all first responders for their service. Masino said, “These courageous men and women are the real ‘champions’ of Gwinnett, and their dedication to safeguarding our businesses and citizens is truly commendable.”

The event was hosted by Tim Hanchey, known for his work with the Georgia Swarm and the Atlanta Falcons. Hanchey recounted stories of heroism as finalists and recipients were honored.

This year’s recipients include:

  • Medal of Merit: Lieutenant Collin McClendon, Gwinnett County Police Department
  • Communications Officer of the Year: Communications Officer II Heather Cassele, Gwinnett County Police Department
  • Public Safety Officer of the Year: Corporal Michael Ricks, Gwinnett County Police Department
  • Public Safety Unit of the Year: Gwinnett County Police Department Gang Unit
  • Life-Saving Award: Master Patrol Officer Andrew Bray, City of Duluth Police Department
  • Bronze Medal of Valor: Driver Engineer Brandon Hall, Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services
  • Silver Medal of Valor: Corporal Aaron Devries, Snellville Police Department
  • Gold Medal of Valor: Lieutenant Grant Eichenlaub and Firefighter Driver Engineer Alexander Wright, Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services

The Gwinnett Chamber appreciates the selfless commitment of all honorees to protect and serve the community.