The Rotary Club of Cape Henry will present the 2015 Virginia Beach Public Safety Awards at 7:30 AM on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at its regular meeting at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel, 2800 Shore Drive.
Since 2010, Cape Henry has recognized one volunteer and one career member engaged in the provision of public safety for the community. Nominees must be active members in good-standing of the Virginia Beach Police Department, the Virginia Beach Fire Department, the Virginia Beach Department of Emergency Medical Services, the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office or any of the Volunteer Rescue Squads of Virginia Beach.
This year, Cape Henry will recognize volunteer paramedic Barry Kirschner and VBPD Master Police Officer Christopher Washington.
Kirschner, a volunteer with Sandbridge Rescue Squad, was nominated for coming to the aid of firefighters who were in distress after trying to rescue a drowning victim in September. Kirschner's efforts were described as "heroic" and his actions swimming against 15 knot winds and 6-foot seas prevented a tragedy. Three years' previously, Kirschner performed a similar rescue, saving a swimmer and his would-be rescuers from heavy surf, for which he received the Medal of Valor from the Virginia Beach Department of Emergency Medical Services.
Washington is assigned as a fourth precinct school resource officer and works at Tallwood High School where he has excelled at establishing a rapport with students, has proved to be a positive role model, and has taken personal interest in bettering the learning environment while minimizing formal student interaction in the criminal justice system. Washington volunteers as a martial arts instructor twice a week with at-risk children through the Boys & Girls Club. His supervisors call him "a man of truth, integrity and ethics" and note that the Tallwood High School principal "made it abundantly clear that removing SRO Washington...was unacceptable."
Rotary Club of Cape Henry
The Rotary Club of Cape Henry was founded in 1984 with 33 members and now has around 60 active members. We are one of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs located in more than 200 countries around the world. Comprised of over 1.2 million business, professional and community leaders, Rotary International provides humanitarian service, helps build goodwill and peace throughout the world and encourages high ethical standards in all vocations.
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