Cleveland 100 to honor 1st responders
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
May 19, 2013 | 617 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Cleveland 100 will present awards to emergency responders who have “made a difference” in the community during the past two years. The annual Cleveland 100 Awards Banquet will be held Monday at Mountain View Inn.

The banquet will begin at 11:30 a.m., with presentations beginning at noon.

According to Cleveland 100 officials, one person will receive the Cleveland 100 highest honor, being selected as the Courtney and Betty McGrady Award winner.

The award exemplifies a person in emergency services such as law enforcement, medical, fire or other response agency, who “in their career went the ‘extra mile’ in difficult circumstances.”

The award is not given each year, but only when such occurrences are evident.

Five Dedicated Professional Awards will be presented to those who “went above and beyond the call of duty.”

One Community Service distinction will be presented and certificates for ‘Team Effort’ incidents in Bradley County given.

Team incidents can encompass multiagency response in which those responders faced life-threatening or difficult situations and much thought and action was recognized, resulting in a good outcome of the incident.

A brief ceremony ending National Police Memorial Week observations locally will be held prior, at 10 a.m. at the Memorial Wall in downtown Cleveland. Cleveland Police Department’s Color Guard will march to the Memorial Wall and place a wreath.

Officers and family will also memorialize Justin Maples, who died in the line of duty one year ago Monday. Maples family members and officers of CPD were in Washington, D.C., this past week and took part in the national observance.

The officer’s name has been added to the wall of fallen local first responders.

Cleveland 100 was established by local leaders including the McGradys and Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland, to help families of police, sheriff’s departments, fire departments, emergency medical service, rescue and other first response agencies in the event of a death involving first responders.

Cleveland 100 has been active for 17 years and provided assistance to three families since being established, according to co-founder Rowland.