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2021 Valor Awards ceremony recognizes and honors first responders

By Keyuri Parab, posted 1 month ago

The fourth annual 2021 Public Safety Valor Awards honored the community’s first responders on Oct. 19 at Manna Church.

The awards were hosted by the Greater Fayetteville Chamber and presented by ​​Highland Construction and Restoration and Manna Church to show community appreciation to first responders in the city, county and Fort Bragg.  

Sandy Ammons, Valor Awards chair, kick-started the event by welcoming the community and recipients.

“The individuals and agencies we are honoring today work tirelessly to protect and serve our community,” Ammons said. “The added challenges presented by the pandemic make them even more extraordinary. I am so grateful for their dedication, commitment and bravery. We are fortunate to be surrounded by these heroes.”

Greater Fayetteville Chamber CEO Shari Fiveash thanked the community and sponsors and expressed her gratitude to be working on her first Valor Awards ceremony in Fayetteville. 

“Fayetteville has a time-honored tradition of recognizing the acts of valor performed by the first responders in our community and surrounding area,” Fiveash said. “One of the most important things we can all do is to honor the service of those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.”

Angela Taylor, News Anchor for CBS 17, hosted the Valor Awards and announced the recipients. 
 

2021 Valor Awards Recipients 

A Valor Award is the community’s highest award for valor and heroism. Awarded in cases in which a public safety official knowingly places themselves at risk of death or extreme serious bodily harm in the performance of an official act. 

Officer Claudius Hosenbackez, Fayetteville Police Department  

Officer Stephanie Collins, Fayetteville Police Department 

Officer Nicolas S. Guilette, Fayetteville Police Department 

Paramedic Danibeth Garrett, Cumberland County EMS 

Lieutenant Vicki Michaud, Cumberland County EMS 

EMT Cody Mitchem, Cumberland County EMS 

Capt. William C. Autry, Fayetteville Fire Department 

Lt. Thomas Farrell, Fayetteville Fire Department 

Firefighter Logan E. Boyce, Fayetteville Fire Department 

Firefighter Andrew Bumgarner, Fayetteville Fire Department 

Firefighter Albert Lockamy, Fayetteville Fire Department 

Firefighter Leonel Munos, Fayetteville Fire Department 

Firefighter  Ray Revels, Fayetteville Fire Department 
 

Valor 2021 Hall of Fame
 

  • Fire Chief Roddy Bullard, Vander Fire District 
     

Awards of Merit 
 

Awards of Merit recognize outstanding public safety work which demonstrates initiative, ingenuity, and/or diligence in the performance of his/her duties. Ex: Creating a new program or process, solving a cold case, detective work over a long period of time on a major initiative, etc. 
 

  • Brian Pearce, Cape Fear Valley Health 
  • Dr. Jennifer Green, Cumberland County Health Department
  • Engineer Robert O’Briant, Cotton Fire and Rescue 
  • Sergeant David Dowless, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Lieutenant Shawna Leake, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Senior Sergeant Duvan Sanchez, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Corporal Hector Vargas, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Detective Keith Bates, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office 
  •  Lieutenant Adam Bean, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office 
  •  Senior Sergeant David Borresen, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Sergeant Quinton Coleman, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Lieutenant James Jones, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Corporal Richard Murphy, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Sergeant Robert Stallings, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Detective Chaice Zwan, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Engineer Wendell E. Cammuse, Stoney Point Fire District 
  • Captain John D. Kline, Stoney Point Fire District 
  • Detective Robin Brinkley, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office
  • Detective Janett Olsen, Fayetteville Police Department 
  • Detective Sasha C. Graham, Fayetteville Police Department 
  • Deputy Jacob Darling-Wenger, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Sergeant Christina Lowery, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office
  • Deputy Ross Green, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office
  • Corporal Timothy Sifford, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office

    Life-Saving Awards 

    Life-Saving Awards are to be awarded in recognition of official acts taken in a life-threatening situation where an individual’s life is in jeopardy, either medically or physically.

    Detective Robin Brinkley, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Sergeant Daniel Frankart, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Lieutenant Matthew Hurley, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Sergeant Nicole Mincey, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office 
  • K9 Deputy Christopher Cox, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Deputy Zachary Fraser, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Detective Jamie McLeod, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Deputy Darrius Wirt, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Lieutenant Justin Bitler, Cumberland Road Fire Department 
  • Firefighter Taylour Johnson, Cumberland Road Fire Department 
  • Firefighter Zully Yanes, Cumberland Road Fire Department 
  • Firefighter Tanner N. Doub, Fort Bragg Fire & Emergency Services 
  • Captain Kevin Durham, Fort Bragg Fire & Emergency Services 
  • Captain Zahra McBee, Fayetteville Fire Department 
  • Firefighter James S. Mize, Fort Bragg Fire & Emergency Services 
  • Firefighter Norman Flores Ocampo, Fayetteville Fire Department 
  • Firefighter Kevin R. Smith, Fort Bragg Fire & Emergency Services 
  • Captain Steven A. Barker, Spring Lake Fire Department
  • Firefighter Connor Buss, Spring Lake Fire Department 
  • Battalion Chief Jonathan Faircloth, Spring Lake Fire Department 
  • Paramedic Hunter Fox, Cumberland County EMS 
  • Firefighter David Hoffmaster, Spring Lake Fire Department 
  • Firefighter Matthew Lasater, Spring Lake Fire Department 
  • Firefighter Torres M. Marsh, Spring Lake Fire Department 
  • Lieutenant Timothy Patterson, Spring Lake Fire Department 
  • Paramedic Supervisor John Schmitt, Cumberland County EMS 
  • Firefighter Eva M. Brock, Beaver Dam Volunteer Fire Department 
  • Chief Gary Brock, Beaver Dam Volunteer Fire Department 
  • Firefighter Defferson L. Graham, Beaver Dam Volunteer Fire Department 
  • Firefighter Eric R. Lasich, Beaver Dam Volunteer Fire Department 
  • Firefighter Jared T. Mason, Beaver Dam Volunteer Fire Department 
  • Captain Shane M. O’Neal, Beaver Dam Volunteer Fire Department 
  • Firefighter Stacy A. Ritchie, Beaver Dam Volunteer Fire Department 
  • Firefighter Stewart L. Tedder, Beaver Dam Volunteer Fire Department 
  • Captain Logan B. Herndon, Fayetteville Fire Department 
  • Detective Brian Gerber, Fayetteville Police Department
  • Officer Kenneth R. Richard, Fayetteville Police Department
  • Lieutenant Geoffrey Kieser, Fayetteville Fire Department 
  • Captain Johnny Deal, Fayetteville Fire Department 
  • Firefighter Dustin Powell, Fayetteville Fire Department 
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People’s Choice Award

  • Detective Jamie McLeod, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office

Future Valor Award 

  • Majesty T. Smith 
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