Outstanding public safety professionals from across the county were recognized by the Eagle County Rotary Clubs of Eagle, Edwards and Vail and the Eagle County Public Safety Council at the 3rd Annual Public Safety Appreciation Awards Night at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail on Sept. 8. The awardees, including representatives from Vail Public Safety Communications Center, were recognized for outstanding service to their communities and for their contributions to their respective professions.
Eagle Rotary Club’s Arleen Montag (left) with Call of the Year Award recipients Beth Dobransky, Krysta Gardner and Troy Kirk. Not shown, Chris Ciaffone.
The Call of the Year Award was presented to Vail Public Safety Communications Center Dispatchers Beth Dobransky, Krysta Gardner, Chris Ciaffone and Troy Kirk for their efforts to facilitate use of text 9-1-1 to assist a female traveling with a man who was suicidal. The incident occurred on Dec. 26, 2015 and ended peacefully two hours later when the man was pulled over by officers near Palisade. The dispatchers had remained in contact with the woman throughout her frightening encounter.
Leadership Award: Jennifer Kirkland pictured with Mike Trueblood, Edwards Rotary Club.
Also recognized from the Vail Public Safety Communications
Center was Jennifer Kirkland, operations support supervisor. She was presented with the Leadership Award for her numerous initiatives, including a partnership with the Eagle County Law Enforcement Immigrant Advisory Committee to improve communications pathways for non-English speakers via telephone calls and text messaging alerts. This has led to a new system of sharing information with an under-served population in the county.
Other public safety professionals recognized during the awards ceremony included:
- Distinguished Service Award: Amy Hennessey, Eagle County Paramedic Services
- Distinguished Service Award: Steve Zuckerman, Eagle County Paramedic Services
- Unit Citation for Meritorious Service: Vail Ski Patrollers Ian King, Emily Selonick, Amy Reynolds, Caroline Stone, Jenn Silva and Josh Mauro
- Unit Citation for Meritorious Service: Eagle County Paramedics Dave DiFlumeri, Jennie Thorne and Graham Kane
- Unit Citation for Meritorious Service: Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Detentions Division
- First Responder of the Year: Lisa Vasquez, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office
- First Responder of the Year: Scott Pottratz, Eagle River Fire Protection District
- Lifesaving Award: Becca Anderson, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office
- Lifesaving Award: Jordan Harrison, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office
- Medal of Valor: Toby Baldwin and Aurion Hassinger, Avon Police Department
The event also honored the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks which killed 2,996 people and injured over 6,000 others. Keynote speaker, Lee Korins, former University of Northern Colorado professor and 9/11 survivor, shared his first-hand account of his evacuation from the 45th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
A full narrative of all the award nominations can be found at: http://bit.ly/2cinPC3. Eagle County Rotary Clubs and the Eagle County Public Safety Council congratulate all the award winners for their outstanding service to their communities.
Photos courtesy www.pettitphotography.com.