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With Heavy Hearts, the GGCC Honors UpCounty First Responders



On the morning after the greatest loss of life for police officers in our nation since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce honored UpCounty police officers, Special Operations Teams, Firefighters, and Paramedics at their 21st Annual Public Safety Awards Breakfast. The event was held on Friday, July 8 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg.

The news of the previous night’s events in Dallas — where five police officers were ambushed and killed, and six others were shot by three men, while the officers attempted to protect marchers at an anti-police violence rally— hung heavy on the hearts of everyone gathered to honor the UpCounty’s first-responders.

In all 53 police and fire rescue service personnel were honored from the Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service, Montgomery County Police, and Gaithersburg Police Departments.

Marilyn Balcombe, President, and CEO of the GGCC said, “The dedication and service of each of these individuals strengthen the quality of life in our community, and we are honored to be with you this morning. Our public safety breakfast often a light occasion where we can honor our first responders. Today, we start on a very somber note in light of the events of last night.”


Montgomery County Police Assistant Chief Daryl McSwain, speaking for Chief Thomas Manger, addressed those gathered at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center, Heritage Building on the fairgrounds saying, “As yo