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Public Safety Agencies and Heroes to be Honored at 44th Annual Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Awards

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 9, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Award Recipient Media Interview Opportunities 10:30 – 11 a.m.

and at conclusion of event


Awards Ceremony begins at Noon


Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center

5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda


Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will participate in the 44th annual Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) Awards Luncheon honoring top acts of valor that took place in 2017. Joining him will be Maryland Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford, Montgomery County Council President Hans Riemer, and Councilmembers Roger Berliner, Marc Elrich, Nancy Floreen, Sidney Katz, George Leventhal, Tom Hucker, Craig Rice; and leaders of public safety agencies.


Highlights of the ceremony include:

  • The names of the Valor awardees and specific details of the incidents will be announced and described at the event.

  • County Executive Leggett will receive the Public Safety Champion of the Year Award.

  • The six public safety agencies who helped the Montgomery County Police Department solve the 1975 Lyon Sisters’ disappearance case will receive the Public Safety Government Partner of the Year Award: Federal Bureau of Investigation-Baltimore Field Office; Virginia State Police; Commonwealth’s Attorney Office, Bedford County, Virginia; Bedford County Sheriff's Office, Bedford County, Virginia; Commonwealth’s Attorney Office, Prince William County, Virginia; and Prince William County Police Department, Prince William County, Virginia.

  • Unit Citations will be awarded to 132 Montgomery County Police active and retired investigators involved in that over-40-year-old case (some posthumously).


An opportunity to interview representatives of agencies involved in the Lyon sisters’ investigation and other awardees will be provided between 10:30 and 11 a.m. in the Brookside Room on the ground level of the Conference Center adjacent to the escalators. Interviews may also take place at the conclusion of the ceremony.


Sixteen Valor Awards for eight incidents, four Unit Citations for a single incident, and one Public Safety Community Service Award will be presented. The recipient of the Public Safety Corporate Vital Link Award, Suburban Hospital Level II Trauma Center, will also be honored.


The awards luncheon is the largest event of its kind in the region. Honorees were nominated and selected by Montgomery County’s Fire and Rescue Service, Department of Police, Sheriff’s Office, Department of Correction and Rehabilitation; and Maryland-National Capital Park Police-Montgomery County Division.


For more event information, see: MCCC Public Safety Awards.


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Release ID: 18-143
Media Contact: 240-777-6547