Local VFW Community Service Awards for Teacher, Police Officer, EMT, Firefighter, and Scout of the Year
Edmonson Voice Report:
On Tuesday, December 13, 2022, VFW Post 6937 in Brownsville conducted its annual Community Service Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Brownsville Library. The Community Service Awards are the VFW’s opportunity to recognize members of the community who serve the public and make a difference in Edmonson County. Awardees here are submitted up the VFW Chain Of Command for consideration for higher awards. Post Commander Gerald Carroll presented the awards.
Jessica Doyle was awarded Teacher Of The Year. She is the Music Teacher at South Edmonson Elementary School and has been recognized not only for the quality of the music she teaches her students, but also for her mentoring and the many programs she organized at the school, which includes veterans programs. She was nominated by Raymond Durbin.
Brycen Daniels was awarded Boy Scout Of The Year. Brycen recently was awarded Eagle Scout and he is a junior at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science. Brycen was nominated by Boy Scout Troop 597.
Derek Conley was awarded Police Officer Of The Year. He is a volunteer (Special Deputy) and has made an impact by being available as a backup at all hours of the day and night in spite of holding down a full time job at R&R Heating and Cooling. Derek has been involved in a majority of recent drug cases and many other criminal investigations, and has been the recipient of letters of commendation from other police agency heads. Derek was nominated by retired Sheriff Shane Doyle.
Jason Vincent was awarded Emergency Medical Technician Of The Year. He began with the Edmonson County Ambulance Service in 2014. He is a qualified 911 Dispatcher and completed the training to become an Advanced EMT in 2020. Jason was nominated by Keith Sanders.
Lawrence “Bunny” Simmons was posthumously awarded Firefighter Of The Year, the award which was accepted on behalf of his widow, Geraldine Simmons. Lawrence was an Army Veteran who served in Berlin during the height of the Cold War. He qualified as a firefighter in the Wingfield Fire Department in the 1980’s and served continuously until his recent death. Lawrence was nominated by Wil Cannon, Sr.