Banquet honors community heroes

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Whether it was a police officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician or a community resident, each story told during the banquet had the common theme of bravery and endurance in a time of need.

“The foundation’s No. 1 goal is to honor our local heroes. We do that through the awards banquet,” said WPSRF chairwoman Betty Whorton. “The banquet is our way of showing our police officers, firefighters and anyone who has stepped out to help someone else that we appreciate what they have done. It’s our way of saying thank you.”

Of the winners was police officer Cheri Spottke, who was awarded the Westminster Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association Officer of the Year Award for her involvement in the Jessica Ridgeway case. She was the liaison to the Ridgeway family and spent every waking moment with the family during the tragedy last year. She still continues to support the family and has grown a very close relationship with the Ridgeway family.

Below is a complete list winners:

Fire Citizen and Outstanding Service Award

Debbie Cross, April Hastings, Jordan Lynch and Jared Scott

Fire Business Outstanding Service Award

Dr. Pete Vellman

Fire Career Achievement Award

Dennis Bishop and Randy Peterson

Westminster Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association Officer of the Year Award

Cheri Spottke

Police Meritorious Service Award

Nick Adams, Reed Giles, Matt Morgado, Matt Mueller and Deal Villano

Police Valorous Service Award/Purple Heart

Derek Rogers

Fire Lifesaving Award

Nolan Bailey, John Carr, JC Engdahl, Luke Gearhard, Jeromy Hill, Jake Lieser, Kurt Morris, Martine Perez, Joel Sherry, Ryan Slade, Dan Williams, Marc Boette, Bryan Cressman, Jim Gagliano, Brian Hard, Cory Hollingshead, Karen Morris, John O’Brien, Eric Roth, Chad Sigg and Courtney VanMarter

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