Washington County first responders honored at Public Safety Awards

First responders, law enforcement officers and others were recognized Wednesday for their efforts to serve and keep the public safe in Washington County.

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s Public Safety Awards ceremony recognized a range of life-saving rescues, crackdowns on crime, behind-the-scenes logistics and community service.

Chamber President and CEO Paul Frey noted in opening remarks that, during the pandemic, many people were able to work from home and spent time with household projects and family activities.

“But the story was different for you, our first responders and health care professionals,” Frey told the 130 or so people gathered at the firehall in Fairplay. “You couldn’t do your work from home or over a Zoom conference call.

“You were on the job and available 24/7, 365 days a year.”

Full time live in firefighter Richard Brown of the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Company gives a thumbs-up after receiving the volunteer achievement award at the Washington County Public Safety Awards Thursday held at the Community Volunteer Fire Company of District 12 in Fairplay.

Richard Brown received a Volunteer Achievement Award as a live-in firefighter with Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co. A video about his accomplishments noted that the 45-year veteran of fire service, for example, cleaned and returned fire apparatus to service after a house fire last Christmas so his colleagues could go home to be with their families.

“Thank you an awful lot,” Brown said to his company’s officers.

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