Cobb Chamber of Commerce

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7/26/2018 Public Safety
Cobb Chamber Announces 2018 Public Safety Award Nominees

As part of the 19th annual Public Safety Appreciation Week (Oct. 1-7), the Cobb Chamber of Commerce will honor Cobb County’s finest during a special recognition program at the Public Safety Appreciation Breakfast event held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Oct. 1. The breakfast will kick off a weeklong effort to celebrate public safety personnel in Cobb County.

Preparations for such an event begins months in advance with the nomination process for the Public Safety Employee of the Year Award, in addition to other awards such as the Medal of Valor, Award of Merit and the Distinguished Achievement Award. Residents, government officials, public safety agencies and business officials are given the opportunity to nominate public safety personnel for these honors. The 2018 Public Safety Appreciation Committee Chairman is Vic Reynolds, Cobb County District Attorney.

The Cobb Chamber would like to congratulate the following personnel and public safety units on their nomination for a public safety recognition award:

Emergency Communications Officer Julia Atkinson, Cobb County 911
Lieutenant Tommy Bates, Smyrna Fire Department
Firefighter Rusty Brown, Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services
Officer Heather Clemens, Smyrna Police Department
Officer Jayson Duncan, Marietta Police Department
Detective Brett Gloyd, Powder Springs Police Department
Emergency Communications Officer Bryan Griffin, Cobb County 911
Officer Josh Hale, Kennesaw Police Department
Sergeant J.J. Hicks, Cobb County Police Department
Officer Tamara Irvin, Acworth Police Department
EMS Supervisor Renee McCarty, Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service
Lieutenant JP Paul, Smyrna Fire Department
Lieutenant Donnie Reed, Marietta Fire Department
EMT Jennifer Rochard, Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service
Firefighter Jared Stephens, Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services
Detective Ed Stockinger, Cobb County Police Department
Colonel Robert Willard, Cobb County Sheriff’s Office
Officer Matt Wilson, Kennesaw Police Department

Public Safety Units

Engine 1 A Shift, Austell Fire Department
K9 Unit, Cobb County Police Department

Award winners will be announced and celebrated at the Oct. 1 Public Safety Appreciation Breakfast. Platinum Sponsors for the breakfast are Cobb EMC and WellStar Health System. The Silver Sponsor for the breakfast is MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service. For more information on Public Safety Appreciation Week, visit or contact Mary Beth Hellmann at 770-859-2359 or