Faran Kaplan and his mother-in-law are given a standing ovation at the 33rd Annual Loudoun County Valor Awards on Friday, as 102 firefighters, medics and civilians were awarded for their bravery in assisting with the fatal wreck that killed their wife and daughter, Erin Kaplan.
[Patrick Szabo/Loudoun Now]
Nearly 180 police officers, firefighters, medics and civilians were awarded this week for their bravery and ingenuity on the job.
The Loudoun Chamber of Commerce held its 33rd annual Valor Awards at The National Conference Center on Friday, presenting local law enforcement officers and first responders with awards for courage and heroic actions, saving lives and generally going above and beyond what their job requirements entail.
Emceeing the event were ABC News Anchors Autria Godfrey Larry Smith. Retired Loudoun Fire and Rescue Chief Keith Brower was also announced as this year’s honoree for his 44 years of county service.
The most prominent award given this year—and the one with the largest number of recipients in the ceremony’s three decade history—was presented to the 102 first responders who helped to assist with the fatal car crash on Watson Road that killed Erin Kaplan last September. Onstage along with them were Erin’s mother and her husband, Faran.
Other awards included the meritorious civilian award for extraordinary acts of courage from everyday citizens; the unit citation award for recognition of a unit, division or company that has acted above duty requirements; the lifesaving award; the certificate of valor; and the bronze, silver and gold medals of valor recognizing those who demonstrated unusual judgment, zeal, bravery, and/or ingenuity.