Gwinnett County (METRO ATLANTA) GA – May 20 – The Gwinnett Chamber VALOR Awards, presented by Mobile Communications America and Motorola Solutions, Inc., honored local public safety officials during a ceremony this morning at the Gas South Convention Center. Recipients were recognized for their exceptional acts of bravery and service to the local community.

“The VALOR Awards epitomize the essence of the word ‘champion,’ a key component to the Chamber’s mission when it comes to growing business,” said Nick Masino, President & CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber. “A safe community is paramount to a strong economy, and we are grateful to these amazing men and women for their bravery, commitment, and ‘valor’ here in Gwinnett.”

The event celebrated award winners in nine categories with more than a dozen officers being recognized for their dedication to protect and serve the greater Gwinnett region.

The Medal of Valor – gold, silver, and bronze levels – recognized those individuals who exhibited bravery and heroism in situations of extreme danger, heightened emergency, and/or risk of injury and death.

The Life-Saving Award, presented to a public safety professional who acted in a life-threatening situation where an individual’s life was in jeopardy, was given to Officer Aaron Devries of the Snellville Police Department.

Corporal Tracey M. Reed, Gwinnett County Police Department, was awarded the Medal of Merit for her outstanding contributions to the community both on and off the job.

The Public Safety Awards honored those individuals who have performed their jobs with exceptional skill, expertise, innovation, and results. This year, a person, a unit, and a communications officer received this honor.

Chief Bruce Hedley with the Lilburn Police Department received this year’s Leadership Award for his excellence in community-oriented engagement while fostering a departmental environment that values collaboration and cooperation at the command staff level.

Masino added, “The Gwinnett Chamber congratulates all of this year’s VALOR Award winners and thanks our sponsors for making this amazing event possible.”

To learn more about the VALOR Awards program, go to and for upcoming event information, visit

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