The Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce hosted the eighth annual Valor Awards Thursday night at Fauquier Springs Country Club. The event honored the men and women of the Fauquier County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management, Warrenton Police Department, Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police.
The Rev. Al Henderson gave the invocation, setting the tone for the evening: “In a world that is so badly in need of heroes, it’s an honor to be a room full of them.”
Joe Martin, president of the chamber, welcomed the honorees and those present to honor them, then introduced Lauryn Ricketts, master of ceremonies for the evening. Ricketts is a StormTeam4 meteorologist with NBC Washington and WTOP radio.
Those honored included public safety personnel representing the county’s different agencies. Dr. David Snyder received special recognition as community veteran honoree for his service in Vietnam and his work as founder of Verdun Adventure Bound.
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Celebrants at the Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards let loose with their version of the Heisman.
The long winding driveway at Fauquier Springs County club was lined with American flags in honor of the Valor Awards.
Master of ceremonies Lauryn Ricketts (center) congratulates public safety personnel at the Valor Awards Thursday night.
Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce President Joe Martin said that he instituted the Valor Awards eight years ago.
Dep. 1st Class FC Aaron Vescovi of the FCSO was recognized for his investigation into a man who had followed a woman in a fake police car.
Emergency Communications Specialist II Danielle Prichard of the FCSO was recognized with a Life Saving Award.
The Chamber of Commerce recognized Lt. Brendan Miller, of the Fauquier County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management, for his quick action at the scene of a multiple-vehicle accident and fire.
Officer Matthew Eggers of the Warrenton Police Department was honored with the Chamber of Commerce’s Meritorious Award. He was credited with assisting an injured officer while injured himself.
Fauquier County Sheriff Robert Mosier (right) congratulates members of his department who were recognized with Valor Awards.
Senior Trooper Robert W. Marshall of the Virginia State Police was recognized for his 15 years of service to the state and to Fauquier County.
Dep. 1st Class Bobby Lewis of the FCSO was recognized with a Life Saving Award.
Chris Moline, Master Dep. Sheriff, was one of eight FCSO officers recognized for a Valor Award for an incident involving a suicidal person with a firearm.
Dr. David Snyder was recognized for his service in Vietnam and his contributions to the community.
Cpl. Christopher Campbell, with the Warrenton Police Department, was honored with a Life Saving Award.
Officers Michael Crosswhite and Van Grimes of the Warrenton Police Department were recognized for handling a hostage situation so that no one was hurt.
Sgt. Mike Spillars of the FCSO was honored with a Valor Award for his courageous actions at the scene of a house that collapsed.
Master Dep. Sheriff James Arrington of the FCSO was recognized for using calm judgement in a tense situation with a suicidal person.
A truck from the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Company greeted attendees of the Valor Awards Thursday night.
Fauquier County's JROTC Color Guard opened the ceremonies.