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County Executive Leopold Congratulates Firefighters on Receiving National Awards

Jones and Robey honored for their outstanding service

Annapolis, MD (August 16, 2010) — County Executive Leopold today congratulated two County Firefighters on their outstanding work honored by national organizations.

Lieutenant Shawn M. Jones has been recognized as FireRescue Magazine’s 2010 Company Officer of the Year, and Volunteer Firefighter Heather Robey from the Odenton Volunteer Fire Department has been recognized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars as the 2009 Maryland State and National Emergency Medical Technician of the Year.

"Our career and volunteer firefighters are among the best this Country has to offer, and I congratulate Lt. Jones and VFF Robey on this much-deserved recognition," County Executive Leopold said. "They go above and beyond the call of duty to serve their community."

The Company Officer of the Year award is open to active Lieutenants, Captains, first-line supervisors and company officers in both career and volunteer agencies. Lieutenant Jones, a fourth-generation firefighter and a 14-year veteran of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, was selected out of a pool of candidates nationwide and was recognized for his excellent leadership, commitment to safety, dedication to the fire service, and community involvement. He is currently assigned to the South Glen Burnie Fire Station and has also spent time as an instructor at the Department’s Fire Academy, the Officer in Charge of the Department’s Public Fire Safety and Injury Prevention Programs and a Public Information Officer.  Lieutenant Jones will be presented with his award at the Fire Rescue International conference and expo that will be held August 27, 2010 in Chicago. 

“Lieutenant Jones is an excellent role model of what a company officer should be.  He gives 150 percent regardless of what is asked of him while effectively balancing the safety and customer service needs of departmental personnel and our citizens” said Fire Chief John Robert Ray.

Volunteer Firefighter Robey was initially nominated by the Odenton VFW Post 5172 and advanced to win both awards.  She was recognized as the state recipient from nominees of more than 91 VFW posts across the state of Maryland and more than 7,500 nominees nationally. VFF Robey joined OVFC in April 2006 and rapidly completed her emergency medical and firefighter training.  She spends an average of 30 hours a week at the Odenton Fire Station and has answered more than 1356 calls last year. 

“This is an outstanding achievement for Ms. Robey, and is an excellent example of her tireless efforts to serve her community," Chief Ray said.


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