• This special dinner pays tribute to Clayton County’s public safety professionals, who put their life on the line every day to protect our citizens and ensure that our businesses run effectively and efficiently.  We are celebrating our police , fire, and first responders with several awards! Join the Chamber for this incredible experience of sharing and bravery and help sponsor their attendance at this prestigious event today!

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  • Award Categories:

    Medal of Valor

    • Gold Star – The highest award for bravery and heroism. Awarded in cases in which the public safety official knowingly placed his/her/their life/lives in peril of death or serious bodily harm while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.
    • Silver Star – Second highest award for bravery and heroism. Awarded in situations when a public safety official knowingly exposes himself/herself/themselves to great personal risk in the performance of an official act.
    • Bronze Star – Awarded in situations in which a public safety official demonstrates extraordinary judgment and performance of his/her/their duties during an emergency.

    Lifesaving Award

    Awarded to the public safety official in recognition of acts taken in a life-threatening situation where an individual’s life is in jeopardy, either medically, verbally, or physically.

    Merit Award

    Awarded to an outstanding public safety individual or public safety program in the community, including personal time given both on/off the job.

    Public Safety Award

    Awarded to public safety professionals who have performed above and beyond their skill levels, expertise, innovation, and achieved dramatic, tangible, and measurable results. Community involvement both on/off the job should reflect favorably.  The following categories groups are being considered.

    • Law Enforcement
    • EMT
    • Fire
    • Corrections Departments
    • Communications

    Public Safety Civilian Partnership Award (awarded as necessary)

    This honor is awarded to a civilian who has provided valuable or courageous assistance to members of the department of public safety in an emergency. This may be awarded to a citizen whose assistance to the public safety officials was given without regard to personal welfare and had a positive bearing on the outcome of an incident while contributing to the furtherance of public safety in the community. Examples: cases where a suspect is detained until the arrival of police, and in cases where a citizen takes prompt and alert action to help someone else who is in danger without regard to their own safety.

    Leadership Award (awarded as necessary)

    The Public Safety Leadership Award is awarded to an individual who has excelled in community-oriented engagement and activities that are collaborative, cooperative, and proactive at the command staff level. This award highlights the importance of maintaining an environment where safety, security and cooperation are essential to the successful mission of unincorporated Clayton County and the participating Clayton County communities of College Park, Forest Park, Jonesboro, Lake City, Lovejoy, Morrow, and Riverdale. Awarded to individuals who demonstrate actions which create or support safety of community members. Through their leadership, the nominee established a sustainable program or cultivated and/or enhanced relationships that encouraged the collaborations of two or more groups to create an identifiable impact on public safety.

    Eligibility: Supervisors – Sergeants or higher and/or civilian supervisors within the public safety and law enforcement communities.

    Purple Heart Award (awarded as necessary)

    Awarded to any public safety professional who has been critically injured or killed in the line of duty while performing his/her responsibilities at the scene of an emergency incident (whether on- or off-duty). The injury must be significant and must have occurred while directly involved in emergency operations or emergency medical treatment and rescue.