2017 Tulsa Police Officer and Firefighter of the Year -
Chad Moyer and Greg McCourt
The Rotary Club of Tulsa proudly held its 10th annual Above and Beyond Awards honoring Tulsa’s firefighter and police officer of the year at its weekly meeting today at First United Methodist Church.
The awards acknowledge these public servants for outstanding acts of character, commitment and compassion to both their profession and community. The recipients have gone “Above and Beyond” the requirements of duty and exemplify the Rotary Four-Way Test (one of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics.) Each department provided award nominations and recipients were selected by the Above and Beyond Awards committee of the Rotary Club of Tulsa.
Fire Chief Ray Driskell and Rotary Club President John Rains presented the Firefighter of the Year award to Greg McCourt. The award was renamed last year in honor of the late former Tulsa Fire Chief E. Stanley Hawkins who served the department for 37 years, and 21 of those years as chief. McCourt has served as a firefighter for the Tulsa Fire Department for less than two years. His passion to become a firefighter, for helping others, and willingness to reach out to help is inspirational and heart warming. Just a few examples of his compassion are evident by his drive to become a firefighter. He was motivated after witnessing an accident and felt the call to learn how to help someone in need. He volunteered as a firefighter for two years and was thrilled when accepted into the academy.
As a father of three daughters, he’s a man with a big heart. He heard about a young man in New York with a rare disease and he and his wife, Valerie, raised funds to help him. He met a young girl who was a burn victim and immediately bonded with her. She became a part of his academy’s graduating class. While she was at the Shriners’ Burn Hospital, he sent her care packages and when she came home his fellow firefighters included her in special events, took the ladder fire engine to demonstrate at her school and stay in constant contact. McCourt also eagerly volunteered at the Oklahoma Burn Camp, which she attended last summer.
Police Chief Chuck Jordan and Rotary Club President John Rains presented the Police Officer of the Year award to Detective Chad Moyer. Moyer has served the Tulsa Police Department for 18 years and currently works as a burglary detective for the downtown division. He had the calling to become a police officer when a child and majored in Criminal Justice. Moyer is the father of a son and daughter and has volunteered as a high school football referee and with Veterans’ Affairs.
After 9/11, he joined the U.S. Army National Guard and is an Iraq/Afghanistan combat veteran. After two deployments, he received the Combat Infantry Badge, Army Commendation and a Purple Heart. A former Afghanistan fellow soldier was arrested by his squad and Detective Moyer offered to help. But his friend disappeared. Moyer never gave up and reached out via social media on several occasions. Several months later his friend started communicating and reported he had been arrested in Okmulgee. Moyer put him in contact with a drug rehab and drove him to Rob’s Ranch south of Norman for treatment. His fellow soldier received a suspended sentence and has been accepted in a college program where he’s studying to be a drug rehab counselor.
In addition to a trophy, each recipient received $2,000 donated to their favorite charities, plus a weekend stay at the Doubletree by Hilton Downtown Hotel and two tickets to the 24th Annual Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards. Presenting sponsors for this year’s awards were Tulsa Community Foundation and the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation. More information about the awards is available online at tulsarotary.com.