2012 Public Safety Personnel honorees: Franconia Police Station – Detective of the Year Monica A. Meeks, Police Officer of the Year PFC Brooke Wright, Auxiliary Police Officer Dan Wenger and Continuous Service Awardee 2nd Lt. Paul G. Cuzzolino; Mount Vernon Police Station – Detective of the Year David E. Koenigsberg, Police Office of the Year MPO Mark Yawomicky, Volunteer of the Year Woulter K. (Van) Vanderwal and Continuous Service Awardee MPO Greg Kotterman; Fort Belvoir Public Safety – Fort Belvoir Firefighter of the Year James T. Wade and Ft. Belvoir Police Officer of the Year Gregory Bush; Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department – Volunteer Firefighter of the Year Capt. Deborah Volker, Continuous Service Awardee Technician Robert Hicks, Company Officer of the Year Capt. I Steve Norris, Firefighter of the Year Master Technician Cliff “Chip” Sweeney and EMT/Medic of the Year Capt. II James “Jamie” Lee. With the honorees are Chamber Chairman Michael Gailliot (Hilltop Golf Club) and President Barbara Doyle (Inova Mount Vernon Hospital).
Mount Vernon The Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce honored public safety personnel at its 5th Annual Police and Firefighters Tribute held Friday evening, Sept. 21, at the Belle Haven Country Club. Barbara Doyle, CEO of Inova Mount Vernon Hospital and president of the chamber welcomed police, emergency medical personnel, firefighters and their families to this community celebration of dedication, valor, and service. Scott Thuman, with ABC 7/ WJLA TV served as the guest emcee for the event. The Tribute Sponsor was Super Walmart of Kings Crossing, and store manager William Hunsucker.
Red Stripes sponsors include Ourisman of Alexandria, Burke and Herbert Bank, Tony Riolo and Dominion Virginia Power, Tim Sargeant. White Stars sponsors included Inova Mount Vernon Hospital; Redmon, Peyton & Braswell, LLP with attorney Dan Rinzel, and Progressive Firefighter of Fairfax County Local 2068, John Niemiec, president. Blue Banner sponsors were Occasionally Cake, Sabrina Campbell; Four Sales Ltd., Daniel Saunders; Mount Vernon Athletic Club, Aaron Volbrecht; Paul Spring Retirement Community; Mount Vernon Nursing & Rehabilitation Center; Baywood Hotels which owns and operates on Richmond Highway Springhill Suites; Holiday Inn Express, and the new Candlewood Suites and the Belvoir Federal Credit Union, Stephanie Crabtree. Tribute committee members included co-chairs, Sabrina Campbell, Occasionally Cake and Rachel Carter, a Realtor with Coldwell Bankers; Captain Randy Joyce, commander of the Mount Vernon Police Station; the Rev. Grant McIntosh, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and Captain Willie Bailey, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.