Space Coast Public Service Awards & Hall of Fame Set Jan. 11, 2020 at Port Canaveral Radisson

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Nominations are open for the 4th annual Space Coast Public Service Awards & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will be held Saturday, January 11, 2020, at the Radisson at Port Canaveral. All proceeds will benefit the Brevard County Public Safety Charity, a 501 c3 that supports public safety members in their time of need. *Sponsorships and Donations are tax exempt.

Nominations Now Open

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Nominations are open for the 4th annual Space Coast Public Service Awards & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will be held Saturday, January 11, 2020, at the Radisson at Port Canaveral.

The awards reception and photographs are set for 5 p.m. and the awards program at 7 p.m. 

Last year, well over 1,200 attendees proudly watched as 110 Space Coast citizens were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments and devotion to our community.

The purpose of this event is to celebrate the value and virtue of the highest standards of public service to our community, highlight contributions and devotion, recognize sacrifice and efforts while encouraging future generations of community service.

These highly prestigious awards will recognize and honor our dedicated public servants and citizens who have served with distinction, selflessly serving our community, and whose work can be viewed as models within and outside the work environment. 

They have poured their talents, time and resources into helping and improving the lives and future of others.

All proceeds will benefit the Brevard County Public Safety Charity, a 501 c3 that supports public safety members in their time of need. *Sponsorships and Donations are tax exempt.

Nominations are open for the 4th annual Space Coast Public Service Awards & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will be held Saturday, January 11, 2020, at the Radisson at Port Canaveral. Last year, well over 1,200 attendees proudly watched as 110 Space Coast citizens were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments and devotion to our community.

“Space Coast Daily is to be commended for developing such a wonderful concept,” said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey.

“Brevard County is truly blessed with incredible citizens who support our public servants and outstanding individuals who have dedicated their lives to protecting our communities. To honor and recognize these heroes is so greatly appreciated.”

AWARD ELIGIBILITY AND NOMINATION CRITERIA

Award winners will be selected from nominees from all areas/levels of public service and citizens who have made significant contributions to their community and will be evaluated by the Space Coast Public Service Awards Committee on their efforts and accomplishments.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:

For nomination instructions, submission forms and access to photographs from last year’s ceremony, please go to the Space Coast Public Service Awards home page at SCPublicServiceAwards.com

Please e-mail all questions nominations to Jeanette@bcsocharity.org (Jeanette Foster 321-264-5370) or Ellen@bcsocharity.org (Ellen Kurdziel 321-264-5372).

Nominations should be submitted on or before August 5, 2019.

Award nominations to be considered may include Active, Reserve, Retired and Deceased nominees.

“Brevard County is truly blessed with incredible citizens who support our public servants and outstanding individuals who have dedicated their lives to protecting our communities,” said Sheriff Ivey.

“It’s our honor to recognize these superheroes!”

The 2019 Space Coast Public Service Award Recipients and guest are invited to attend at no cost and will be provided VIP Complimentary Tickets. Please email Jeanette@bcsocharity.org or Ellen@bcsocharity.org for information and assistance in obtaining your VIP tickets.

Space Coast Daily magazine will feature a special section in its magazine, showcasing the Public Service Awards and Hall of Fame honorees. This special section will commemorate the contributions made by the honorees and the footprints they have left on our community.

Anyone wishing to include advertisements in this special section, please e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com or call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111 for information.

BREVARD COUNTY SHERIFF WAYNE IVEY, far left, presents the second class of the Space Coast Public Service Hall of Fame, which includes, left to right, Judge Jack Griesbaum, Chief Lee Cote, Rosette J. Brown, Eugene Johnson, Wayne Kee and Lt. Teresa Uzel.

AWARD CATEGORIES

Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is presented to a public service professional (living or deceased) who has dedicated years of leadership service where he/she significantly advanced the public safety profession and has furthered the cause of the mission of public safety. 

Recipients of this award are recognized for making extraordinary contributions and sacrifices through work that positively impacted his/her organization and community. 

Public Service Hall of Fame

The PSA Awards Committee will identify and recognize up to five Lifetime Achievement Award recipients with the prestigious Hall of Fame induction for demonstrating careers that have greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of public safety and community service in the pursuit of justice and the protection of freedoms and constitutional rights.

Distinguished Merit Award

This award recognizes public service professionals who have performed with exceptional skill, technical expertise, commitment and innovation while demonstrating sustainable results. 

The nominee should demonstrate outstanding performance and/or have demonstrated an act of bravery in the line of duty and defense of state and citizens at imminent personal hazard or risk of life.

Partnership Award

This honor recognizes an individual, business, group or organization for continued or exceptional performance, support and advancement of public safety and community service. 

Additionally, the award may be presented to a Brevard County individual, business, institution or organization for their community support, commitment to health and the environment or professional development for the benefit of public service members through professional excellence and innovative practices. 

The recipient should have demonstrated an ability to be progressive, innovative and whose assistance to public safety and service had a positive bearing on an outcome while contributing to the furtherance of public safety awareness, community involvement and sustainability.

Making a Difference Award

Recognizes individuals or groups who have made contributions to improving the quality of life for citizens of Brevard County, through expertise, spiritual/emotional representation, faith-based leadership, ingenuity, generosity, education and health care for members of the public service community which significantly impacts the lives of others. 

Special consideration will be given to those that embody the spirit of collaboration with other businesses, non-profits or governments, in social responsibility and professional development efforts.

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey presented the first class of the Space Coast Public Service Hall of Fame, which includes Gary Shiffrin, Mike Lawrence, Robert Waller, Maxwell King, Claude “Jake” Miller and Norman Wolfinger. (Steve Wilson image)

Emerging Influential Award

Presented to an emerging influential (40 years old or younger) for exceptional leadership and outstanding contributions to the community during the past year. 

This nominee represents innovation and embodies how business success, professional growth, passion, mentorship and community involvement go hand-in-hand with public service.

Outstanding Non-Profit Award

Presented to a Brevard County associated non-profit for outstanding and visionary contributions to the community during the past year.  Special consideration will be given to nominees who demonstrate excellence in collaboration with businesses, other non-profits or government, in their social responsibility efforts.

Outstanding Military Service Award

Presented to a Brevard County citizen, business or organization for outstanding and visionary contributions for supporting the region’s military community, their families and/or veterans during the past year. 

Special consideration will be given to nominees who have created and fostered a long-term commitment to supporting these efforts. 

The award also recognizes members (Active/Reserve/Veterans) of our Armed Forces who have performed with exceptional skill, sacrifice, technical expertise, commitment and innovation in partnership with our local public safety/service members while protecting and in defense of our state and citizens. 

LEFT TO RIGHT: Medal of Honor Recipient Melvin Morris, Space Coast Public Service Hall of Fame Inductee Robert Waller and Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Doug Waller. (Steve Wilson image)

Claude “Jake” Miller Public Safety Member of the Year Award

This award recognizes a public safety member who has made outstanding contributions to Public Safety/Community Service and his/her organization, or who has demonstrated conspicuous valor or bravery in the performance of their duties. 

The award recognizes professionals from the public safety community who have shown unusual initiative, dedication and imagination in the performance of their duties involving the mission of their organization. The quality of service or effort is the essential factor.

Norm Wolfinger Justice Award

This award recognizes innovative and effective individuals and/or programs whose efforts have made positive influential differences in improving local, state or federal systems of justice in either criminal or civil arenas. 

The award recognizes professionals who have shown unusual initiative and imagination in the performance of their duties involving the mission of the organization, integrity and character, contributions to the public good and welfare, trial advocacy, and to the legal profession. 

The quality of service or effort is the essential factor.

Administrative Professional Excellence Award

This award recognizes public service employees who have made exceptional contributions to sustain and strengthen their organizations.

This individual has continually shown dedication and commitment to the agency through innovation and by either making significant contributions over a period of time or to a specific project, which has had an important and positive impact on the agency, organization, or community. 

The involvement of the nominee should have directly resulted in one or a combination of the following:  demonstrated administrative/secretarial skill, support for personnel internal and/or external, or demonstrated creativity/resourcefulness in accomplishing major assignments. 

Award of the Purple Heart

The award of Purple Heart is given to those who have sustained personal injury or sacrificed their life in the performance of duty.

Exceptional Citizen Award

This award may be presented to individuals or groups who demonstrate outstanding achievements in some or all of the following:  exceptional volunteer service to a public agency or the community, willingness to extend themselves to help others, improving quality of life in the community, and exemplifies Good Samaritans and citizenship. 

Young Citizen Award

This award is presented to secondary or post-secondary students (21 years of age or younger) who best exemplify the spirit of zealous volunteer community service.  The nominee must be in good standing at a secondary or post-secondary educational school in Brevard County, demonstrate outstanding community service, and display humanitarian principles by word and deed. The nomination should be for the quality of the humanitarian activities rather than the quantity.   The student’s age must be included. 

More than 1,200 people packed the King Center on the campus of Eastern Florida State for the third annual Space Coast Public Service Awards & Hall of Fame Induction Gala in 2018. The Space Coast Daily Awards Committee reviewed an incredible list of nominations and recognized more than 110 extraordinary Space Coast Public Servants during this very special event. (Steve Wilson image)

Heavy Lifting Award

This award is presented to exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled educators, managers or leaders in any state-approved or accredited Brevard County School, to include post-secondary institutions, who have gone above and beyond normal duties and have demonstrated the highest degree of commitment, professionalism and excellence. 

This individual demonstrates the ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn; have the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues; play an active role in the community; are poised, articulate, and are highly effective advocates for their students.  Nominees can be either current, former or retired.

Leadership Award

This award recognizes individuals who have excelled in community-oriented activities that are collaborative, cooperative and leadership proactive. 

The award highlights the importance of social responsibility, community involvement, and the development of enhanced relationships that are essential to Brevard County.  Nominees should display exceptional decision-making skills, foster motivation and remain true to the highest ethical standards.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Doug Waller is a 34-year law enforcement veteran. Chief Waller holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida State University and Master’s Degrees from Webster University in both Human Resource Development and Leadership.

He has served a patrol deputy, Agent, Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Major and Commander. His career also includes assignments to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the supervision of local/state and federal Task Force Units and the supervision and direction of the agency’s Criminal Investigations Division.

Chief Deputy Waller was recognized as the 2012 Manager of the Year by the National Management Association and Governmental Leader of the Year by the Child Abuse Prevention Task Force.

He is a graduate of the 204th Session of the FBI National Academy and the Southern Police Institute (University of Louisville) – Command Officer Development Course 25th Session.

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