• Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce Hosts 44th Annual Fairfax County Valor Awards

    Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce Hosts 44th Annual Fairfax County Valor Awards

    Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce hosted the 44th Annual Fairfax County Valor Awards. This prestigious event celebrated and recognized Fairfax County’s first responders in recognition of actions above and beyond the call of duty. The 2022 honorees were recognized at the live event held on Thursday, March 31 at the Hyatt Regency Reston. 

    Since 1979, the Valor Awards have honored the public safety heroes from the Fairfax County Police Department, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, Vienna Police Department, and Virginia State Police, and was originally started by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. GRCC President and CEO Charles Kapur stated, "We are thrilled to have been able to resume the Fairfax Valor Awards as a live, in-person event for the first time since 2019. We are equally humbled by the amazing turnout from our community for this important event. Over 600 attendees - including local business leaders, elected officials, and family members of our awarded officers - came together to celebrate the heroic service of our public safety professionals through the 290 awards we presented. The Valor Awards is a reminder of our local community's respect and appreciation for those who create a safe environment for all of us to live, work, and play."

    Awards were bestowed in the following categories: Silver Medal of Honor, Bronze Medal of Honor, Certificate of Valor, and Lifesaving Award.  The 44th Annual Fairfax County Valor Awards were made possible by our generous sponsors: MillerMusmar CPAs, Visit Fairfax, INOVA Fair Oaks, Transurban, Dominion Energy, John Marshall Bank, Northwest Federal Credit Union, Reston Hospital Center, Fairfax Public Access, SpeedPro Imaging, and Sweet Memories Photography.

    2022 VALOR AWARD WINNERS:
    • GOLD AWARD: Major Eli Cory, Major Dalton K. Becker, Sergeant Ali Sepehri, Captain Ryan W. Morgan, Captain Wilson W. Lee, Second Lieutenant Christopher L. Crawford, Sergeant Kendall J. Jones, Master Police Officer Paul J. Woods, Police Officer First Class Enoch J. Green, Police Officer First Class Nicholas J. Kirsch, Police Officer First Class Jacob B. Gibson, Police Officer First Class Christopher M. Lincoln, Second Lieutenant Gordon P. Sloan, Sergeant Sameer A. Khan, Captain Brendan D. Hooke, Second Lieutenant Anthony C. Lampe, Police Officer First Class John A. Daugherty, Detective Sergio J. Andrade, Detective Jonathan M. Lung, Detective Stacey L. Wells, Second Lieutenant Richard L. Cash, Police Officer First Class Steven J. Malloch, Police Officer First Class Brian P. Donoghue, Police Officer First Class Roberto Castillo, Second Lieutenant John T. Bryant, Master Police Officer Mark D. Gleason, Second Lieutenant James A. Tanler, Master Police Officer Joseph H. Poirier, Police Officer First Class Thomas W. Champ, Police Officer First Class Michael D. Gunstrom, Master Police Officer Jonathan E. Loesch, Master Police Officer Sean P. McGlone, Police Officer First Class Michael S. Tokarski, Police Officer First Class Joseph S. Hensley, Police Officer First Class James E. Jones, Police Officer First Class Eugenia Metzger, Police Officer First Class Joelah R. Bruccoleri, Sergeant Brandon G. Grayson, Police Officer First Class Steven G. Monahan, Police Officer First Class Matthew B. Halvordson, Police Officer First Class Lane M. Leisey, Police Officer First Class Eric Acevedo, Second Lieutenant Andrew C. Wright, Police Officer First Class Jacob A. Meighen, Second Lieutenant Edward S. Rediske
    • SILVER AWARD: Sergeant John J. Donohue, Officer Austin J. Rustick, Second Lieutenant Michael Crutchman, Police Officer First Class Dale A. Drewry, Police Officer First Class Christopher W. Duzen, Police Officer First Class Michael D. Gunstrom. Police Officer First Class Thomas D. Todd, Police Officer First Class Ricardo D. Umanzor, Police Officer First Class Gregory D. Eltringham, Police Officer First Class Jonathan D. Lowery & K9 Copper, Sergeant Kent G. Bailey, Second Lieutenant John S. Turner, Police Officer First Class Trevor W. Jenkins
    • BRONZE AWARD: Master Police Officer Mario F. Colorado, Officer Luke A. Mundt, Master Deputy Sheriff Nicholas Barb, Private First Class Angel G. Romero, Second Lieutenant Christopher L. Crawford, Police Officer First Class Christopher M. Lincoln, Police Officer First Class Karl W. Mohn, Master Police Officer Jose R. Morillo, Police Officer First Class Kyle L. Albert
     
    CERTIFICATE OF VALOR
    • FAIRFAX COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT: Officer Peter J. Marra, Police Officer First Class Kevin J. Bonanno, Police Officer First Class Nathan C. Updike, Police Officer First Class Christopher G. Walczyk, Police Officer First Class Victoria E. Bosch, Police Officer First Class Avery E. Brunk, Police Officer First Class Darrell L. Haley, Police Officer First Class Avery E. Brunk, Police Officer First Class Matthew F. Schafer, Police Officer First Class Devin T. White, Second Lieutenant Quang D. Bui, Police Officer First Class Leslie G. Schmitt, Police Officer First Class Christopher A. Godfrey, Police Officer First Class Justin M. Robson, Police Officer First Class Mark S. Greatheart, Police Officer First Class Victoria E. Bosch, Police Officer First Class Kyle T. Bork, Police Officer First Class Jose R. Morillo, Police Officer First Class Jared A. Reeves, Sergeant Michael A. Comer, Police Officer First Class Michael T. Rowe, Police Officer First Class Katelynn Bullock, Police Officer First Class Ryan P. Hirsch, Police Officer First Class Cassandra Zamora, Second Lieutenant Sharon L. Perry, Police Officer First Class Stephen D. Sykes, Police Officer First Class Darrell L. Haley, Police Officer First Class Brooks R. Gillingham, Police Officer First Class Ashley M. Block, Police Officer First Class Gregory J. Salino, Police Officer First Class Joseph G. Schlenz, Detective Courtney K. Young, Detective Jessica L. Digirolamo, Master Police Officer Christopher W. Munson, Police Officer First Class Matthew D. Siraguse, Second Lieutenant Michael D. Mittiga, Police Officer First Class Amanda Wallace Petty, Police Officer First Class Christopher W. Duzen, Master Police Officer Pamela D. Williams, Police Officer First Class Alyson R. Russo, Sergeant Michael A. Comer, Second Lieutenant Jonathan D. Nytes, Sergeant Michael A. Lentz, Lieutenant Christopher D. Sharp & K9 Jack, Sergeant Aaron M. Pfeiff, Police Officer First Class Dustin G. Granofsky & K9 Lennie, Second Lieutenant Todd B. Sweeney, Lieutenant Eric T. Ivancic, Master Police Officer Eugene D. Cooper & K9 Indy, Master Animal Protection Police Officer Enna J. Lugo, Chaplain Michael A. Shochet, Chaplain Ike Hendershot, Sergeant Kent G. Bailey, Master Police Officer Victor Cruz, Police Officer First Class Kathleen E. O’Leary, Second Lieutenant Michael Crutchman, Master Police Officer Steven W. Faett, Police Officer First Class Michael R. Gibbons, Master Police Officer Michael Gibbons, Police Officer First Class James L. Thur, Pilot Garrett G. Wymer, Officer Selah J. Rash, Police Officer First Class Thomas J. Murphy Jr., Police Officer First Class James P. Rattal, Police Officer First Class Pierre L. Bidja Abossolo, Officer Fady R. Zaki, Second Lieutenant Matthew W. Luik, Sergeant Michael J. Boyle, Master Police Officer Eric W. Crago, Master Police Officer Brian S. Walley, Master Police Officer Michael S. Morris, Police Officer First Class Carolina M. Oliver, Police Officer First Class Michael T. Leung, Police Officer First Class Ryan C. Quarto, Police Officer First Class Michael J. DiLuccio, Master Police Officer Richard T. Cruger, Master Police Officer John A. DiGiulian, Master Police Officer Lance T. Guckenberger, Sergeant John D. Sykes, Police Officer First Class Joshua M. Moser, Master Police Officer William A. Williamson, Sergeant David J. Faulk, Master Police Officer Paul G. DeHaven, Master Police Officer Tammy L. Russell, Police Officer First Class Eric Acevedo, Police Officer First Class Nicholas D. Taormina, Police Officer First Class Morgan N. Blumer, Master Police Officer Steven L. Carroll, Police Officer First Class Vincent J. Pullicino, Dr. Craig DeAtley, Second Lieutenant William M. Arnest, Police Officer First Class Aaron C. Anderson, Second Lieutenant Shannon W. Massey, Police Officer First Class Laura K. Mahr, Police Officer First Class Jeffrey D. Carroll, Master Police Officer Sean P. McGlone, Police Officer First Class Katlin H. Wood, Police Officer First Class Kyle (William) Hauptman, Police Officer First Class Timothy J. Wilson, Second Lieutenant Bradley F. Metz, Police Officer First Class Nathan L. Musser, Police Officer First Class Benjamin D. Weaver, Police Officer First Class Jose R. Morillo, Police Officer First Class Huy N. LeBang, Police Officer First Class Bayron E. Reneau Gudiel, Police Officer First Class Kevin A. Rosa, Officer Selah J. Rash, Second Lieutenant Edward S. Rediske, Sergeant Timothy B. Schillling, Police Officer First Class David A. Neil, Police Officer First Class Matthew D. Rosenberg, Police Officer First Class Ricardo D. Umanzor, Police Officer First Class Jake E. Everett, Police Officer First Class Rachel E. Rohr, Police Officer First Class Kyle W. Suter, Police Officer First Class Tyler C. Welch, Police Officer First Class Michael C. Schmeltz, Sergeant Keith W. Shook, Police Officer First Class Jacob A. Pearce, Sergeant Gregory J. Salino, Police Officer First Class Timothy J. Wilson, Officer Tomas D. Miranda Otero 
    • FAIRFAX COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE DEPARTMENT: Captain Jack Macinyak, Master Technician Peter Torres, Technician Joseph Shipman 
    • FAIRFAX COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE: Private First Class Morgan Walker, Private First Class Joseph McKenna
    • HERNDON POLICE DEPARTMENT: Officer Kelyn Diaz
    • VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: Trooper Joseph Lowe, Trooper Matthew Spalding
     
    LIFESAVING AWARD
    • FAIRFAX COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT: Officer Abdulla B. Al Baiati, Second Lieutenant Jennifer A. Basham, Second Lieutenant Bradley P. Woehrlen, Master Police Officer Mark W. Mills, Police Officer First Class Andrew J. McPherson, Police Officer First Class Joseph S. Hensley, Police Officer First Class John R. Bell, Police Officer First Class Kyle T. Bork, Police Officer First Class Chase T. Briggs, Officer Thomas L. Dean, Police Officer First Class Jacob A. Jackson, Police Officer First Class Vincent M. Escobar, Sergeant Rafael R. Fortiz, Master Police Officer Steven E. Atkins, Police Officer First Class John R. Goodspeed, Police Officer First Class Mark S. Greatheart, Master Police Officer Craig J. Guyton, Police Officer First Class Alan A. Hanks, Police Officer First Class Ryan D. Wever, Police Officer First Class Lindsey M. Memenza, Police Officer First Class Melanie D. Todd, Police Officer First Class Daniel A. Houtz, Master Police Officer Eric L. Harte, Pilot Matthew P. Hobbs, Police Officer First Class Nathan R. Van Husen, Police Officer First Class Morgan N. Blumer, Police Officer First Class Geoff S. Carrigan, Officer Casey J. Hughes, Police Officer First Class Huy N. Lebang, Master Police Officer Brian A. Buckholtz, Police Officer First Class Vincent P. Vella, Master Police Officer Thomas W. Eggers, Master Police Officer Gregory S. Moss, Police Officer First Class Gershon L. Ramirez, Lieutenant Kevin J. Shaw
    • FAIRFAX COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY: Dispatcher Kelly Henry, Call Taker Drew A. Hergen, Call Taker Elizabeth Valcourt
    • FAIRFAX COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE DEPARTMENT: Master Technician Brian A. Bonifas, Lieutenant Vitor Rocha, Firefighter Carlton Yancey, Master Technician Ian M. Kelly, Technician Jacob Hartka 
    • FAIRFAX COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE: Sergeant Thomas Boyden, Second Lieutenant Marcus Medina, Master Deputy Sheriff Aaron Waple, Private First Class Carlos Guevara, Private First Class Joseph Moratto, Private First Class Bryan Redd, Private First Class Michael Woloschek, Dr. Janet Wurie, CHN I Selome Abebe, CHN I Phidol Conteh, CHN I Betty Edwards, CHN III Christine Kent, CHN I Sophia McGill, CHN I Jacky Mukuna, CHN II Samuel Osafo, CHN I Hyunjung Park, Sergeant Daniel Robles, Master Deputy Sheriff Mario Torres, Private First Class Carlos GuevaraCHN II Samuel Osafo, CHN I Meskerem Atommsa, CHN I Henrietta Dedo, Sergeant George Shammas, Private First Class Hunter Daugherty, Private First Class Brenden Yunger, Private First Class Dawit Arboleda, CHN III Charles Antwi 

    EVENT PHOTOS - courtesy of Sweet Memories Photography