OUTSTANDING 1ST RESPONDER AWARD
In conjunction with Partners in Aging, the 1st annual Outstanding 1st Responder Award was presented in 2017. The award is given annually to someone who has gone above and beyond their job description in providing public safety to the areas senior community.
The 2019 Outstanding 1st Responder Award was presented to Officer Christopher Tiernan, City of Fredericksburg Police Department. Officer Tiernan responded to a call concerning an adult. He reported that he knocked on the door without answer. Although Officer Tiernan could have left the scene, he noticed a floodlight on in the back yard of the home. When he entered the backyard of the home, he observed an adult to be on his back, disoriented, with his eyes closed, in thirty-degree temperatures. Officer Tiernan ensured that this adult received medical care. His follow through on this call, from the time that he took to locate the individual, ensuring he received necessary medical care, and referring him to the Department of Social Services for additional follow up is the reason he is our Outstanding 1st Responder.
Stafford Rescue Engine 14B responded to a call for a lift assist, but when they arrived they found an elderly woman literally covered in urine and feces. Her wheelchair, bed, bathroom, etc were all soiled as well. Although not normally something done during a rescue, Lieutenant McDowell recognized that the woman was “at risk” and that no human should be left in such a state. He did not ignore the situation and leave; he took proactive measures to ensure she was taken care of with as much care and dignity as possible. Lieutenant McDowell and Technicians Kline, Strain and Payne cleaned the woman, changed an adult brief and cleaned the apartment. Multiple phone calls were made between other Fire and Rescue personnel and outside agency directors to determine what services needed to be put in place. Eventually, they were able to convince the woman to be transported to Stafford Hospital. Their actions speak volumes about their dedication, professionalism and empathy for those they serve.
The first Outstanding 1st Responder Award was given to Stafford County’s Detective Angelo Irizarry. His continued investigation of a former nurse’s aide, led to her arrest for the theft of over $18,000 from 2 seniors in Stafford County. She will spend 7 years in prison for this crime. Additionally, Det. Irizarry’s work led to her further arrests in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania. His tireless effort to protect the community’s seniors has not gone unnoticed.