2018 VALOR AWARDS

Thursday, January 25, 2018
The Metal Building at the Trustees Garden
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The newly opened Metal Building at the Trustees Garden hosted the Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire while we celebrated and honored the first responders who demonstrated great courage in the face of danger.Tybee Island Police Department’s Corporal Skylar Strickland and Savannah Fire and Rescue Department’s, Captain Patrick Grant, Advanced Firefighter Matthew Metivier, and Firefighter Eric Harries were presented the new Tak Argentinis Valor Award. US Army Garrison Commander Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Dwyer, Hunter Army Airfield, gave an inspired keynote address to a spellbound audience.

Founding member, Tak Argentinis, has given so much to the Two Hundred Club, creating, shaping, and guiding the Two Hundred Club into the successful philanthropic organization it is today. In honor of Tak Argentinis and his family the Valor Award has been renamed the Tak Argentinis Valor Award.

 

Wonderful music by Andrew Gill, heavy hor d’ouevres prepared by Paul Kennedy Catering, and conversation with fellow Two Hundred Club members, first responders, and Two Hundred Club family members made the evening a tremendous success.

We would like to thank Charles Morris and the Morris Center team, the Host South team, the Paul Kennedy Catering team, the Advanced AV Rentals team, Craig Harney, Doug Weathers, the Lesley Francis PR team, Alicia Briscoe, and Angel Hernandez for making the evening perfect.

 

200 CLUB LAW ENFORCEMENT & FIREFIGHTING MEDAL OF VALOR: Rules and Qualifications for Awarding the Valor Award

Nominations:
Nominations should include all relevant attachments.  Nominations must be received by the designated date.  Nominations must be endorsed by the chief law enforcement officer of the department, fire chief, or head of the nominee’s agency, as applicable.  Any and all documentation, pictures, testimonials, or affidavits must accompany the nomination.

Qualifications
All nominees for the 200 Club Medal of Valor must meet the following qualifications:
(a) The nominee must be (or must have been, at the time of the incident) a first responder.
(b) While in the performance of duty, the nominee must have performed with exceptional meritorious conduct that may have resulted in death or serious injury.

(1) The term “serious injury” means: (a) an injury that causes great bodily harm and a probability of death, or (b) that causes significant permanent disfigurement and a significant permanent loss or impairment of the function of any body part or organ.
(2)”Exceptional meritorious conduct” means, while performing or fulfilling responsibilities as a law enforcement officer or firefighter, the nominee distinguished himself/herself
Conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his/her own life above and beyond the call of duty.  It involves risk of one’s life and is an act of bravery and self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his/her comrades.
(3) “While in the performance of duty” requires more than the Officer or firefighter, being on duty.  Rather, it requires that he/she was acting in an official capacity and performing a law enforcement, emergency medical responder, or firefighting function.
(c) The performance of the foregoing must have occurred while the nominee was undertaking enforcement action when acting in the line of duty or fulfilling his/her responsibilities as a law enforcement officer, emergency medical responder, or firefighter.
(d) Where the nominee has not been seriously injured or killed, the nomination must detail how the officer, while acting in a law enforcement, firefighting, or EMS capacity, performed exceptional meritorious conduct protecting life and/ or property of another.

III. Nominating Process

(a) All nominations must be received by the date specified.
(b) All nominations must be endorsed by the chief law enforcement officer, fire chief or head of the nominee’s agency.