The Valor Awards pays tribute to Gwinnett’s public safety professionals, including firefighters, police and emergency personnel. With the presentation of the Medal of Valor, Lifesaving Award, Public Safety Person of the Year, Public Safety Unit of the Year, Communications Officer of the Year, and the Purple Heart, the 2016 Valor Awards is an event not to be missed!

Emcee – Linda Stouffer

Linda StoufferLinda Stouffer anchors Channel 2 Action News This Morning from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. The Emmy award-winning reporter files stories for Channel 2 Action News at 4, 5 and 6 during the week. Linda also hosts WSB’s Community program People 2 People.

Linda comes to WSB-TV from the CNN Networks, where she worked for 12 years. As an anchor for CNN Headline News, Linda covered 9-11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the capture of Saddam Hussein, presidential elections, hurricanes Katrina and Rita and many other national and international news events.

Linda is a Texas native, who is thrilled to be raising 2 children with her husband in Georgia.

Before her move to Atlanta, Linda was a reporter and anchor at WSVN in Miami, FL and KMOL (now WOAI) in San Antonio, Texas.

Her volunteer efforts include SafePath Children’s Advocacy, CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, March of Dimes, and local education groups and schools.



        • Gold Medal – The highest award for bravery and heroism. Awarded in cases in which the public safety official knowingly placed his/her/their life/lives in peril of death or serious bodily harm while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.
        • Silver Medal – Second highest award for bravery and heroism. Awarded in situations when a public safety official knowingly exposes himself/herself/themselves to great personal risk in the performance of an official act.
        • Bronze Medal – Awarded in situations in which a public safety official demonstrates extraordinary judgment and performance of his/her/their duties during the course of an emergency.


    Awarded to the public safety official in recognition of acts taken in a life-threatening situation where an individual’s life is in jeopardy, either medically or physically. This award may also be given for very complex rescues with the patient’s survival.


    Awarded to an outstanding person or public safety program in the community, including personal time given both on and off the job.


    Awarded to public safety professionals who have performed their jobs with exceptional skill, expertise, innovation and results. Community involvement both on and off the job should reflect favorably.

        • Public Safety Person of the Year
        • Public Safety Unit of the Year
        • Communications Person of the Year


    This honor is awarded to a civilian who has provided valuable or courageous assistance to members of the department of public safety in an emergency situation. This may be awarded to a citizen whose assistance to the public safety officials was given without regard to personal welfare and had a positive bearing on the outcome of an incident while contributing to the furtherance of law enforcement in the community. Examples: cases where a criminal is detained until the arrival of police, and in cases where a citizen takes prompt and alert action to help someone else who is in danger without regard to their own safety.


    The Public Safety Leadership Award is awarded to an individual who has excelled in community-oriented engagement and activities that are collaborative, cooperative and proactive at the command staff level. This award highlights the importance of maintaining an environment where safety, security and cooperation are essential to the successful mission of Gwinnett County and surrounding communities. Awarded to individuals who demonstrate actions which create or support safety of community members. Through their leadership, the nominee established a sustainable program or cultivated and/or enhanced relationships that encouraged the collaborations of two or more groups to create an identifiable impact on public safety.
    Eligibility: Supervisors – Lieutenant or higher and/or civilian supervisors within the public safety and law enforcement communities.

    PURPLE HEART AWARD (awarded as necessary)

    Awarded to any public safety professional who has been critically injured or killed in the line of duty while performing his/her responsibilities at the scene of an emergency incident (whether on- or off-duty). The injury must be significant and must have occurred while directly involved in emergency operations or emergency medical treatment and rescue.