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Leesburg Police Department Officers Recognized at 32nd Annual Valor Awards

Post Date:04/20/2017 7:16 PM

Members of the Leesburg Police Department were recognized on Thursday April 20, 2017, at the 32nd annual Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards Ceremony held at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne. The Valor Awards Ceremony recognizes those public safety professionals and civilians who performed heroic acts by action or acts involving personal risk.  In addition to the Leesburg Police Officers recognized, members of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Department, Purcellville Police Department, Fairfax County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Loftis and 23 civilians were also recognized. 

“I am tremendously appreciative that the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce continues to recognize the acts of bravery of our first responders, and acknowledges the sacrifices and risk they are subject to on a daily basis.  These men and women regularly face a multitude of challenges as they work to keep our communities safe and often do so with no concern or regard for their own safety.  The Valor Awards gives the community another opportunity to show we all are truly grateful for what they do,” stated Leesburg Chief of Police Gregory C. Brown. 

Below are the officers who received recognition today. 

Officer Steven Holmes and Master Police Officer Heather Maupin, Lifesaving Award:

On May 21, 2016, Officer Steven Holmes and Master Police Officer Heather Maupin responded to assist the Loudoun County Fire Rescue Unit with an individual who had passed out and regained consciousness.  When the officers arrived, they observed the subject walking but his knees were buckling and he was gasping for air.  

Officer Holmes immediately retrieved his Automated External Defibrillator (AED) which advised to begin CPR.  The officers began lifesaving measures by conducting chest compressions and breaths.  The subject eventually regained consciousness, was transported by ambulance and fully recovered.

Sergeant Wael Abilmona, Officer Brad Codori, Master Police Officer Damian Moreau and Master Police Officer Gregory Parsons, Lifesaving Award:

During the course of the day on August 31, 2016, members of the Leesburg Police Department, which included Sergeant Wael Abilmona, Officer Brad Codori, Master Police Officer Damian Moreau and Master Police Officer Gregory Parsons, were attempting to locate a 21-year-old man who was reported missing and had left a suicide note at his home.  

Acting on a hunch, MPO Moreau decided to check local hotels.  MPO Moreau and MPO Parsons confirmed from a hotel clerk that the missing man had checked in.  

Subsequently, the man was found in his room suffering from life-threatening, self-inflicted lacerations on both arms. 

The man’s face was pale from apparent blood loss and shock.  After calling Sergeant Abilmona and Officer Codori for assistance, MPOs Moreau and Parsons used pressure points to slow the blood flow and applied a blood clotting agent and a pressure dressing to the wounds.  MPO Moreau also applied a tourniquet to the more severe injury, quickly controlling the bleeding.  

Upon his arrival, Officer Codori with the assistance of Sergeant Abilmona treated the subject for shock by wrapping him in a blanket.  The man was subsequently transported to a local hospital.  At the hospital, the emergency room staff stated that the quick and deliberate action of these officers saved this patient’s life.

Lifesaving Awards are given in recognition of actions not normally involved in the performance of duties, actions of an extraordinary nature, or actions that display outstanding execution of duties by an individual that directly results in the saving of a human life.

For more information, Contact:
Officer Sam Shenouda
Public Information Officer
Office: (703) 771-4538
Cell: (571) 436-3474



PHOTO: courtesy of Town of Leesburg Public Information Officer Betsy Arnett: Front row from left to right: Vice Mayor Suzanne Fox, Mayor Kelly Burk.

Back row from left to right: Deputy Chief Vanessa Grigsby, Lieutenant Patrick Daly, Master Police Officer Damian Moreau, Officer Brad Codori, Officer Steven Holmes, Master Police Officer Gregory Parsons, Sergeant Wael Abilmona, Chief of Police Gregory Brown, Master Police Officer Heather Maupin, Captain James Daly, and Criminal Investigations Unit Commander, Lieutenant Jaime Sanford.

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