MELBOURNE ― East Central Florida’s Public Safety personnel will be honored for their acts of heroism at the Melbourne Regional Chamber’s 11th Annual Valor Awards Banquet on Thursday, Aug. 22 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place. The program, which is open to the public, starts at 6 p.m. The evening will begin with an invocation from Rob Medina of Congressman Bill Posey’s office, an honor guard ceremony from the Brevard County Sherriff’s Office and an ensemble from the Brevard Police/Fire Pipes and Drum Band. The event will also honor all those who have served and have been killed or missing with a Missing Man Table.

“Each year, it is our privilege and honor to recognize our men and women in uniform,” said Michael Ayers, President/CEO of the Melbourne Regional Chamber. “They are our life savers, protectors and peace keepers and we can’t thank them enough for the service they provide for our community.”

The Valor Awards are a way for the Chamber to honor our public safety personnel (Sheriff, Police, Military, Fire and Rescue) for acts of extraordinary valor. These agencies were asked to submit criteria for their safety personnel to receive recognition for actions occurring over the past year. By mid-July, over 75 incidents/nominations were submitted that included a variety of valorous actions. These nominations were reviewed by a diverse selection committee to determine the recipients of this year’s awards.

Four different types of awards will be presented: the Medal of Valor, the Life Saving Medal, the Award of Merit, and new this year School Resource Officer of the Year. The Medal of Valor is the highest award for bravery and heroism and is awarded in cases in which a public safety official/unit knowingly places their life/lives in peril of death or serious bodily harm while saving, or attempting to save, the lives of others. The Life Saving Medal is awarded in recognition of acts taken in a life-threatening situation where an individual’s life is in jeopardy, either medically or physically. The Award of Merit is awarded to those who have performed their job(s) with exceptional skill, expertise, innovation and results. Community involvement, both on and off the job, should reflect favorably. The School Resource Officer of the Year Award will be presented to four exceptional officers who have gone above and beyond the call to mentor and keep our schools safe.

Presented by Hospice of St. Francis, L3Harris and Walmart, this is the 11th annual event recognizing and thanking public servants throughout Brevard County and the East Central Florida region. The anticipated audience of over 350 includes friends and families of the honorees, municipal and county government officials, the public and the business community.

Tickets are $55 and includes dinner.

For additional information, sponsorship or to register for the event, contact the events department at (321) 724-5400, email Events@MelbourneRegionalChamber.com or visit www.MelbourneRegionalChamber.com under the events tab.

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