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Alexandria: Chamber Honors Public Safety Personnel

Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, Police Chief Earl Cook and Fire Chief Robert Dube at the April 30 Valor Awards.

Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, Police Chief Earl Cook and Fire Chief Robert Dube at the April 30 Valor Awards. Photo by Jeanne Theismann.

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Honorees and dignitaries pose for a group photo at the 2015 Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards April 30 at First Baptist Church. The ceremony honored public safety personnel from the police, fire and sheriff’s departments.

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Police officer Michael Nugent, center, was honored with a Gold Medal for his heroics in the line of duty. With him are his wife Courtney, children Jack, 8, Conor, 6, and Emily, 4, and parents Mary Jane and Hugh Nugent. At right is Mamie Doyle, a bystander who assisted Nugent in the rescue of a potential suicide victim in February 2014.

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Chelsea, Mike and Donna Anderson serve up BBQ from Sweet Fire Donna’s at the Valor Awards luncheon.

The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce honored 16 public safety personnel for exceptional performance in the line of duty at the 29th annual Valor Awards.

Held April 30 at First Baptist Church, the ceremony also recognized police K-9s Xig Xag and Gracie.

Police officer Michael Nugent, honored with a Gold Medal for his rescue of a potential suicide victim on an overpass of I-495, was joined by his family and Mamie Doyle, a bystander who assisted Nugent at the scene.

APD officers Steve Escobar and Carlos Ronlon received Silver Medals and Assistant Fire Marshall Andrea Buchanan and APD officer Erik Nygren were honored with Bronze Medals. Additionally, four Certificates of Valor and seven Life Saving Awards were presented at the luncheon..

Alexandria resident and NBC4 news reporter Julie Carey hosted the event, which was sponsored by Inova Alexandria Hospital and catered by Sweet Fire Donna’s Restaurant.