Valor Awards to recognize local first-responders

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is set on Friday, Feb. 22, to honor the outstanding police officers, paramedics, EMT’s and firefighters who help keep local communities safe throughout the year. The 2019 Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards, presented by the Carl M. Freeman Companies, will recognize their service and dedication to the community.

Representatives of local towns and public-safety organizations, government officials, and the Chamber and its members will gather to honor members of area fire companies and police departments for their work in the community.

“We are honored to recognize the outstanding men and women of the local law enforcement, fire departments and emergency medical services,” said Lauren Weaver, executive director of the Chamber. “These individuals work to protect not only our citizens, but they ensure the safety of our visitors as well, and it is a privilege to organize this event, recognizing their hard work and dedication.”

The luncheon event will be hosted by The Cove Bar & Grill in West Fenwick, and local community members are being invited to attend for $25. Tickets for the general public will be limited, as a majority of seating is reserved for department chiefs, honorees, guests of awardees and dignitaries.

Each local department will recognize one of its members for outstanding service in the past year. One of these nominees will then be awarded the top honor of the annual Joshua M. Freeman Valor Award, which was renamed 10 years ago, in memory of the late developer and philanthropist Joshua M. Freeman.

Support for the event is provided by Banks Wines & Spirits, the Coastal Point, Delmarva Power and NV/Ryan Homes. For more information, contact Lauren Weaver at (302) 539-2100, ext. 118, or visit