Rotarians Visit Fire Houses and Police Stations in Search of the Best

By GasserOnline Correspondent, TOM DROEGE

Rotarians in early September fanned out across Tulsa in search of police officers and firefighters who have exhibited passion, humility and bravery.

The outreach effort kicks off the selection process for the Rotary Club of Tulsa’s Above and Beyond Service Awards. The program, now its fourth year, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding acts of character, commitment and compassion to both profession and community.

The honorees are nominated by their peers based on exceptional performance and community involvement. With the deadline to nominate candidates approaching, Rotarians Jerry Emmons, Jalaa Stultz, George Hamilton, Bill Gaddis, Roger Dunham and Kacey King have been visiting fire houses and police squad meetings around Tulsa to share information about the awards program and to encourage nominations.

“The men and women of Tulsa’s fire and police departments put themselves in harm’s way each day they go to work – all so we can live in a safe community,”  said Carl Vincent, chair of the Above and Beyond Awards committee.  “In addition to their everyday service, we know there are extraordinary stories of heroism and sacrifice that warrant special attention and recognition.”

Last year, the Rotary Club of Tulsa honored a firefighter who led rescue efforts when a 19-year old man disappeared underwater after a diving accident in Skiatook Lake. A police officer was honored for exhibiting a career of “service above self” day in and day out, as well as serving as a role model for youth.

Nominations are due Oct. 8, 2010. Winners will be notified the week of Nov. 17 with a ceremony scheduled for Jan. 19, 2011. The Award Winner’s shift will receive a catered Rib Crib Dinner and a stay at the Downtown Doubletree as part of the Award.

Click here for more information about the Above and Beyond Service Awards.