A Day to Celebrate Heroes
The Annual Public Safety Awards are an opportunity for the business community to come together and thank the first-responders who protect Frederick County. On March 8, 2016, the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce hosted the 5th Annual Public Safety Awards breakfast at the Brunswick Fire Hall and welcomed more than 330 guests, honorees, and elected officials.
Marine Cpl. Justin Bunce
This year we were honored to have Marine Cpl. Justin Bunce in attendance. While serving in Iraq in 2004, he was hit by an IED planted inside a wall. The experience left him nearly blind in one eye and with limited use of his left arm and leg.
Justin has also lent his name to a service dog in training through the Warrior Canine Project. WUSA-9 reporter and our award ceremony emcee Andrea McCarren is training puppy Bunce, an English Labrador Retriever, to be placed with a wounded warrior in need of physical or psychological assistance.
The 2016 Awards celebrated the men and women of Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue, and Emergency Services. Among the 18 award groups, we recognized the individuals who responded to the February 2015 Frederick High School shooting, the response team who saved 8 lives on Lake Linganore, Officers of the Year, civilian heroes, and superior supervisors. We thanked officers who take their own time and money to care for children in need, who plan summer camps and safe environments for at risk youth, and who secure the courthouses and our streets.
Support from the Business Community
These awards are supported by businesses across Frederick County. From providing the program books, signage, decorations, and more, this ceremony wouldn’t be possible without their support. Special thanks to Gold sponsors CorpOHS, Hankey’s Radio, Complete Document Solutions, and Paul Davis Restoration.
Photos: Brad Barnwell Photography • View more photos on the Chamber Facebook Page