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Three Awarded Medal of Valor at GGCC’s Public Safety Breakfast



The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) honored twenty-eight Upcounty Police Officers and Emergency Medical Service Technicians at their 23rd Annual Public Safety Awards Breakfast on Friday, July 13, 2018. The event was held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

This event honors our public safety personnel and first responders from Montgomery County Upcounty's Fire Department, Police Departments, Office of Emergency Management, and Office of the Sheriff, who have exemplified extraordinary heroic actions and exceptional performance of their duties.

“Honoring our Police and Firefighters, is the best thing we do all year,” said Marilyn Balcombe, GGCC Executive Director. “We are blessed in our community to have our first responders who are willing to put their lives on the line every day to make our families safe.”.

They protect our homes, businesses, schools, and families every day. In this time-honored tradition, the Chamber celebrates their achievements, outstanding service, and commitment to the community. The awards program provides the business community with an opportunity to publicly thank those who help maintain the quality of life in the Gaithersburg and Germantown areas.

Public safety officials from the Gaithersburg Police Department, Montgomery County Police 5th & 6th Districts, as well as the County’s K9 Unit and the Germantown Volunteer Fire Department in following categories: Medal of Valor, Citation for Bravery, Distinguished Service Citation and Meritorious Service Citation.


Each awardee was given a citation from United States Congressmen John Delaney and State Senator’s Nancy King – District 39 and Cheryl Kagan – District 17; along with two tickets to catch a Washington Nationals game compliments of Lerner Enterprises.

In October, Luke Engler was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a rare form of a pediatric cancer. Officer Dylan Morris is a neighbor of the Engler’s and it was his hope that he could do something for Luke to lift his spirits. Therefore, on April 29, 2018, the Montgomery County Police K9 Unit hosted Luke as an honorary K9 handler for the day. Luke’s mission was to experience, firsthand, a day in the life of a K9 handler, alongside the members of