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Chamber of Commerce Honors Local Heroes

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce honored Upcounty Police Officers, Special Operations Teams, Firefighters and Paramedics at their 20th Annual Public Safety Awards Breakfast. The event was held on Friday, August 14 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

This year the Chamber honored 46 of the County’s finest public safety officials from the Gaithersburg Police Department, Montgomery County Police 5th and 6th Districts and Montgomery County Fire & Rescue in following categories: Medal of Valor, Citation for Bravery, Distinguished Service Citation and Meritorious Service Citation. The Chamber are also honored four Girl Scouts from Girl Scout Troop #274 for their commitment to pedestrian safety.

“This is one of the most important events we do each year. Our public safety personnel work very hard day in and day out to keep our community safe. The very least we can do is to honor them once a year,” said Marilyn Balcombe, GGCC Executive Director.

Among the 46 firefighters and police officers honored were 14 members of the Fifth District in Germantown.

Commander David Gillespie of the Fifth District in Germantown said, “I want to thank the Chamber for these awards. These awards recognition ceremonies are oh so important today more than ever. Thank you to the Chamber.”

Ten Montgomery County Police Officers from the Fifth District in Germantown were awarded the Citation of Bravery for keeping with the highest tradition of law enforcement while dealing with an incident involving a violent criminal who was brought to justice and a serious threat to the community was quickly apprehended.