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Leesburg Police Officers Honored at the 2019 Loudoun Chamber Valor Awards
Two members of the Leesburg Police Department received Awards at the 34th annual Loudoun Chamber Valor Awards this afternoon. The Valor Awards recognize public safety professionals and civilians for their heroic efforts to save lives, despite their own personal risk.
“I am extremely proud of the men and women of the Leesburg Police Department who demonstrate every day brave acts and sacrifices with no regard for their own safety. I am also grateful for the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce that continues to celebrate and recognize the bravery of our first responders,” stated Leesburg Police Chief Gregory C. Brown.
The officers and the incidents for which they were honored included:
Master Police Officer Chris Tidmore – Stu Plitman First Responder Community Service Award
This award is given in honor of Stu Plitman, the founder of the Loudoun First Responders Foundation and is granted to those emergency first responders who demonstrate the highest commitment to fostering positive relationships with the Loudoun County Community. Over his nearly two decades of service to the Leesburg community, MPO Tidmore has served in several specialized roles in which he has demonstrated outstanding commitment to serving his community. Officer Tidmore created the police department’s explorer program, he has also played an instrumental role as one of the organizers of the National Night Out annual celebration. Over the years, officer Tidmore has organized fundraisers, collected household supplies, and even automobile for residents who were in need for various reasons. On his own time, Officer Tidmore also developed and organized the department’s “Holidays with the Cops” program. Now in its tenth year, this program provides underprivileged children with a holiday meal and shopping trip for gifts.
Officer Wayne Gray – Lifesaving Award
In the early morning hours of October 16, 2018, Officer Gray was dispatched to the Route 15 Bridge that crosses over East Market Street, where a man was reportedly threatening to jump off the bridge to the roadway below. Officer Gray immediately engaged the man in conversation and asked the man to speak with him. After some hesitation the man, who was visibly upset, complied and explained that he was committed to taking his own life. The man was subsequently explained alternatives and resources to help him understand and deal with depression. By demonstrating both exceptional professionalism and true human compassion, Officer Wayne Gray helped prevent a man’s suicide and helped him identify and access the help he needed.
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.
Officer Sam Shenouda, Public Information Officer
Office of the Chief of Police
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