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Awards and Recognition
The Police Department or its members won the following awards or earned the following recognition in 2017:
 
Valor Awards, Prince William Chamber of Commerce: More than 40 Department employees earned Valor Awards during the 31st annual Prince William Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards for acts of bravery and valor in the conduct of their duties. Officer Ashley Guindon (posthumous), Officer David McKeown, and Officer Jesse Hempen received a Gold Medal for Valor. Officers Sarah Colon, Gonzalo Gracia, Kelly Anderson, Stacey Bronisz, Brandon Fields, Rhonda Fields, Mike Flynn, Kenneth Hansen, Randy Johnston, Aaron Lintz, Walter O'Neal, Nelson Rocha, Brandon Rutherford, Kristen Sims, Susan White, Detective Amon Weaver and Sergeant Christopher Moore received a Silver Medal for Valor. Officers Steven Hunsberger and Scott Long received a Bronze Award for Valor. Officers Ben Ware, George Kimball, Luis Potes, Jeffery McKinney, Kevin Hook, Justin Murphy and Ryan Pedroni received the Merit Award for Valor. Detectives Jeremy Johnson, Michelle McAllister, David Cho, Brandon Couch, Brandon Hunt, Josh Lane and First Sergeant Michael Sullivan received the Hillary Robinette Award for Investigative Excellence. Members of the Department's Forensic Services Section and the Violent Crimes Bureau, along with Detective Bryan Sutton, received the Investigative Merit Award.
 

 
The Police Department or its members won the following awards or earned the following recognition in 2016:
 
Sons of the American Revolution Heroism Medal: Officer Ashley Guindon (posthumous), Officer David McKeown, and Officer Jesse Hempen were recognized for outstanding bravery and self-sacrifice in the face of imminent danger, such as acts which involve great personal courage and risk to the recipient.
 
VACP Award for Valor: Officer Ashley Guindon (posthumous), Officer David McKeown, and Officer Jesse Hempen were recognized by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police & Foundation at a conference banquet on September 20, 2016, for performing an act of extraordinary heroism in the line of duty while engaged with an adversary at imminent personal risk.
 
VACP Lifesaving Award: Sergeant Christopher Moore and Officers Kelly Anderson, Brandon Angeloff, Stacie Bronisz, Sarah Colon, Kaleb Comer, Brandon Fields, Rhonda Fields, Mike Flynn, Daniela Garavito, Gonzalo Gracia, Kenny Hanson, Randy Johnston, Aaron Lintz, Walter O'Neal, Nelson Rocha, Brandon Rutherford, Kristen Sims, Amon Weaver and Susan White were recognized by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police & Foundation at a conference banquet on September 20, 2016. The 20 officers were honored for their actions that put them in harm's way in an attempt to save the life of another individual, including their fellow officers.
 
VASAP/MADD DUI Enforcement Award: Officers Simon Chu, Brent LaFarree, Jeremy Schenck and Brett Tillett were honored by the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP) and the Northern Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) at a ceremony on May 6, 2016. The four officers were recognized for their outstanding DUI enforcement efforts in the County in the previous year. This is the seventh consecutive time Officer Schenck has received this award.
 
Police Officer of the Year Award, VFW Post 1503: Lieutenant Dan Grinnell was honored on March 27, 2016, for his skills and professionalism at helping a distraught woman intent on harming herself to voluntarily move to a safer location and seek help, using the skills honed in 16 years as a Crisis Negotiator with the Department. The woman later wrote that the officers on scene saved her life.
 
PWC Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE): Sergeant Heather Younce received a SAFE Award (Health & Wellness category) for her work as the Team Coordinator for the Department's Peer Support Team. She spearheaded a push to add 15 additional positions to the team in 2015, as she identified a need within the Department for this resource. And the staff of the Department's Logistics and Support Section -- Dina Ayad, Debbie Barlow, Sergeant Charles Begley, Captain James Carr, Mauricio DeZayas, Imran Muhammad, and Sharon Smith -- received a SAFE Award (Safety, Environmental categories) for their outstanding efforts at identifying hazards and working diligently to manage those hazards.
 
Valor Awards, Prince William Chamber of Commerce: Nineteen Department employees earned Valor Awards during the 30th annual Prince William Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards for acts of bravery and valor in the conduct of their duties. Lieutenant Scott Kearns earned a Gold Medal for Valor. Officer Ryan Rowland earned a Silver Award for Valor. Sergeant David Bliss, Officer Michael Casey, Officer Eric Davis, Officer Adam Gardiner, Detective Robyn Hyatt, Detective Matthew Newbauer, Officer Sean Richards and Officer Chad Weyant earned Bronze Awards for Valor (Officer Weyant received two Bronze Medals for two different incidents). Officer Nicholas Colella and Lieutenant Dan Grinnell received the Valor Award of Merit. Detective Robyn Hyatt also received the Hillary Robinette Award for Investigative Excellence. Detective Renee Carr, Crime Scene Analyst Renee Jacques, Detective Juan Marquez, retired Detective Richard Martindell, and Animal Control Supervisor Lorie Newsome received the Investigative Merit Award.
 
Leadership Award for 2015, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG): Animal Control Supervisor Lorie Newsome, was honored by COG on March 14, 2016, (at its biennial animal-awards ceremony) for her leadership, excellence, and initiative in all aspects of her job.
 
Veterinarian Award for 2015, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG): Jodi V. Carlson, VMD, was honored by COG on March 14, 2016, (at its biennial animal-awards ceremony) for her work with the Animal Control Bureau. Dr. Carlson's time is focused on small-animal population health management, with an emphasis on infectious disease control and prevention. She was also involved with forensics and cruelty investigations, including a groundbreaking case in 2015 where a County resident sexually assaulted an animal.
 
Humane Education Award for 2015, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG): Animal Shelter Administrative Support Assistant Beate Begley was honored by COG on March 14, 2016, (at its biennial animal-awards ceremony) for her work and innovation with programs that help animals and the community.
 
Volunteer Award for 2015, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG): Terri Kellenberger was honored by COG on March 14, 2016, (at its biennial animal-awards ceremony) for her work implementing many programs offered by the Animal Shelter -- particularly those making use of volunteers.
 
Animal Control Officer Award for 2014, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG): Animal Control Supervisor Lorie Newsome, and former Animal Control Officer Jessica Wilfong-Shiflett, were honored by COG on March 14, 2016, (at its biennial animal-awards ceremony) for their work in coordinating an animal-cruelty investigation from 2014 that resulted in nearly 60 criminal charges being placed against a County resident.
 
Animal Rescue Story of 2014, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG): The Equine Rescue League was honored by COG on March 14, 2016, (at its biennial animal-awards ceremony) for their work with the Animal Shelter on behalf of a horse named Bud who had been removed from his owner after being found suffering from malnutrition, parasite infestation and neglect.
 
Community Impact Award for 2014, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG): Beth Eichberger, DVM, of Fauquier Large Animal Veterinary Services LLC, was honored by COG on March 14, 2016, (at its biennial animal-awards ceremony) for her work with the Animal Control Bureau. Besides donating a significant amount of time and services to the Animal Control Bureau, Dr. Eichberger provided critical veterinary services and court testimony in five major cases involving cruelty to agricultural animals.
 
Commendation Award, Loudoun County (Va.) Sheriff's Office: Detective D. Fragosa and Sergeant J. Christopher were recognized on Feb. 19, 2016, by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office for their assistance, as part of a regional task force, in a homicide investigation in that jurisdiction.
 
Police Officer of the Year Award, Dale City Civic Association: Officer William Bowler was honored on Jan. 31, 2016, for his work in 2015 in the Dale City community. In the first nine months of 2015 Officer Bowler, a young proactive officer, logged in more than 100 criminal arrests -- a direct result of him engaging in foot patrols as well as conducting traffic stops. His police work keeps the Dale City community safer. 

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