Above & Beyond Awards

Presenting Sponsors

The Rotary Club of Tulsa's Above and Beyond Awards recognize Tulsa's police officer and firefighter of the year. Founded in 2008, the awards recognize these public servants for outstanding acts of character, commitment and compassion to both their profession and community. Nominated by their peers, these award recipients have gone "Above and Beyond" the requirements of duty and exemplify the values reflected in the Rotary Four-Way Test. Award nominations were provided by each department and award recipients were selected by a committee of the Rotary Club of Tulsa.

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.

Above & Beyond Awards Galleries

02-06-2013 Above and Beyond Awards
02-22-2012 - Above and Beyond Awards
02-17-2010 - Above & Beyond
2/18/2015 Above & Beyond Awards

Stay Connected

Thanks Jeff Nickler from BOK Center for spending your lunch with us! From sold out shows, to awesome behind the scenes secrets, our Rotarians enjoyed hearing about a decade of success in Tulsa. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Known by police and firefighters as “the best of the best” Amanda Dunn and Ginger Ward work as local 911 dispatchers. Working as a 911 dispatcher takes a major psychological toll. Yet, Dunn and Ward are able to stay calm and cool while working with emergency personal. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Can you believe the BOK Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary? We can't imagine Tulsa without this entertainment asset! Join us tomorrow to listen to General Manager Jeff Nickler talk a decade of stars.

March 21
11:30 a.m. luncheon begins
12:15 p.m. meeting begins
12:25 p.m. speaker introduced

Thomas Hall, First United Methodist Church, 1115 S. Boulder
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

#MemberMonday shoutout to Rotarian Justin Carlton! We think your work in the community is wheely awesome. ... See MoreSee Less

All. The. Feels. Thank you Justin Carlton State Farm and City Cycles for surprising Divine & Shooter, 2nd graders at Jenks West Elementary, with brand new bikes! Because receiving a bike changed his childhood so memorably, Justin Carlton wants to give the same experience to deserving kids. We are so thankful for our community partners that make a difference in the lives of our students.

View on Facebook

Last week local firefighter Craig Deerinwater was honored with the 2018 Above and Beyond Award. Deerinwater has served with the Tulsa Fire Department for over 18 years. Putting service above self, he helps gather school supplies, uniforms and prom dresses to students in need. Thanks for your service Craig Deerinwater! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Upcoming Meetings