42nd public safety awards

Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Honors Public Safety Officers (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Nearly 1,300 people turned out for the 42nd Annual Public Safety Awards on Friday in Bethesda. The event was hosted by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) and took place at the North Bethesda Marriott on 5701 Marinelli Road.

National, state and local officials as well as business leaders took time to honor public safety officers for their valiant efforts in 2015.42nd Annual Public Safety Awards

Officers and members of the crowd paid tribute to Officer Noah Leotta who died in the line of duty in December 2015. Officials including Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen, U.S. Representative John Delaney and Police Chief Tom Manger stressed the importance of passing stronger DUI laws to protect law enforcement officials and the public.

The highest honor was bestowed upon two Montgomery County Police officers who rescued an unconscious driver from a burning car on the beltway in September of 2015.

Typically, one recipient for the Gold Medal of Valor is chosen every year to recognize an act of bravery involving extreme personal risk that is above and beyond the call of duty. Take a look at the videos and pictures from the event below.

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New Motor Vehicle Laws, Including Noah's Law, Take Effect on Oct. 1

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MyMCMedia‘s Sonya Burke hosts the latest episode of County Report This Week, which includes reports on a dedication ceremony for Police Officer Noah Leotta in Olney, an update on the Clarksburg Premium Outlets, the 50th anniversary of Leisure World and more. You can watch the show in its entirety, below:

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Officials Dedicate Portion of Route 97 in Olney in Memory of Officer Noah Leotta (PHOTOS & VIDEOS)

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Police to Conduct Sobriety Check Point Tonight in Honor of Officer Leotta

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The latest episode of County Report This Week includes reports on Noah’s Law signing, the Westbard Sector Plan, the Carver bus depot and more. You can watch the show, below:

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Governor Larry Hogan Signs Noah's Law (PHOTO & VIDEO)

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Man Pleads Guilty In Death of Officer Noah Leotta (VIDEO)

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In a packed Rockville courtroom on Wednesday afternoon, Luis Reluzco, the man charged with hitting and killing Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta, pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter. According to prosecutors, on Dec. 3rd Reluzco ordered five beers and five shots at a Hooters in Rockville, and allegedly struck Officer Noah Leotta shortly after leaving […]

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Maureen Chowdhury

About Maureen Chowdhury

Maureen Chowdhury is a multimedia journalist with Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at mchowdhury@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter at @MediaMaureen. Maureen authors the blog Sound Check on MyMCMedia.

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