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.


2016 Honorees

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.

2016 PSA Honorees

Program Book

Honoree Video


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

About the Awards

At the third annual Public Safety Awards on March 11, 2014 more than 330 professionals gathered to celebrate the hard work and achievements of Frederick County Fire and Rescue, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Services personnel. The event included breakfast provided by Leiter’s Fine Catering and a ceremony including video presentations detailing the incident and responses that lead to the award winner’s nomination. Thank you to Kim Dacey, emcee. Dacey, a Frederick native, joined WBAL-TV 11 in 2007 where she has been a reporter, anchor, and producer. Currently she is a general assignment reporter and delivers morning traffic reports.

2014 Award Winners

Download the 2014 Public Safety Awards ceremony program book for a complete description of award criteria and incident details

  • People's Choice Award - Law Enforcement

    Michele Bowman
  • Officer of the Year - Frederick City Police

    Corporal Charles Snyder
  • Leadership Award

    Sergeant Thomas Leone
  • Unit Achievement Award

    Frederick Police Department's Uniformed Auxiliary
  • Life Saving Award

    Officer Brian Wolf
  • Distinguished Service Award

    Officer Andrew Alger Officer Jason Essel Officer Wade Milyard
  • Civilian Employee of the Year

    Dispatcher Tyler Hill
  • Officer of the Year - Brunswick

    Corporal Christopher Handler
  • Officer of the Year - Thurmont

    Corporal Daniel Fitzgerald
  • Trooper of the Year - State Police

    Trooper First Class Adam Matthai
  • Deputy of the Year - Sheriff's Office

    Corporal John Packard

  • People's Choice Award - Fire & Rescue

    Citizen's Truck Company
  • Career Firefighter of the Year

    Firefighter Daniel Ging
  • Life Saving Award

    Firefighter Daniel Minnick Firefighter Technician Mark Hinkle
  • Bronze Medal of Outstanding Performance

    Cheif Benjamin Nalborczyk Captain Matthew Thews Lieutenant Newman Carmack Firefighter David Bowman Firefighter Paul Hackey Firefighter Thomas Hanagan, II Firefighter Michael Metzger Firefighter William Veith Firefighter & Chaplain Gary White Firefighter Derek White
  • Silver Medal of Bravery

    Lieutenant Joshua Laird Firefighter Matthew Knight Firefighter Kenneth Sollers Technician Steven Williams
  • Gold Medal of Valor

    Firefighter Jonathan Haddad


Community support is a cornerstone of this event and our generous sponsors make it possible to honor these hometown heroes.

Silver Sponsors

Frederick County Bank
Frederick Mutual Insurance Company
Mount Saint Mary's University
State Farm Agents: Missy Baker, WIll Ehrenpresis, Danielle Leonard, Tim Winter

Bronze Sponsors

The Plamondon Companies

Table Sponsors

Acela Technologies
Atlantic Emergency Solutions
Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby, LLP
Canam Steel Corporation

Colonial Jewelers Comcast Community Living Frederick Brick Works The Frederick News-Post Keeney & Basford Funeral Homes P.A. Leidos Biomedial Research Inc., McLean, Koehler, Sparks & Hammond

Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management Miles & Stockbridge Municipal Emergency Services National Safety Supply Photohog Photography PNC Bank Rodgers Consulting Stauffer Funeral Homes Top Quality Janitorial Services Warner Services