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William Maddox, Jr. - Firefighter/EMT

On July 7, 2018, at approximately 12:36 p.m., Chesapeake Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire in the 800 block of Wright Ave in the South Norfolk section of the City. Upon their arrival on the scene four minutes later, they discovered a two-story residence on fire with smoke coming out of the front of the structure…. Read More

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LIEUTENANT BRYAN E. SORIANO - EMS

Daily, Lt. Soriano shows his commitment to care for the citizens he serves and the Department he loves as if it was his family. Lt. Soriano has an extremely high clinical acumen and his quiet easy-going manner allows him to create compassion and empathy for patients in need… Read More

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Brendan Gilman - Police Officer

In January 2019, Officer Gilman and K9 Uno received the honors of Chesapeake Police Department’s “Officers of the 4thQuarter for 2018,” the “Illegal Firearm Interdiction Incentive Award,” the “Chief’s Award of Recognition,” and “Officers of the Year for 2018… Read More

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NICOLE COLEMAN - DISPATCHER III SUPERVISOR

Dispatcher III Nicole Coleman has devoted more than 12-years to the dispatch profession with the City of Chesapeake. She has continuously been able to meet the needs of her fellow dispatchers and call takers, and immediately steps in to assume the appropriate role to assist personnel whenever possible…Read More

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THERESA GLOWANIAK - DISPATCHER II

Dispatcher II Theresa Glowaniak is a highly dedicated employee, so much so that we have to strongly encourage her to take days off, to physically and mentally reset. She is one of our most dependable employees, and hands down a committed team player…Read More

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Deputy Brian Cuffie began his career in law enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff with the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office in 2005. Since that time, he has worked in corrections, court security in the Chesapeake Circuit Court and is now assigned to court security in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. 

Deputy Cuffie is from a military family, and subsequently learned the importance of community service at a young age. A Hampton Roads native…Read More

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KILLIAN DESBOIS - POLICE OFFICER

Officer Killian Desbois was hired by the Portsmouth Police Department in July of 2016. After completing his training, he was assigned to 3rd Platoon where he remains today. 

On September 19, 2018, at approximately 0600 hours, Officer Desbois responded to a burglar alarm at the Metro PCS store located at 4000 George Washington Highway…Read More

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Senior Dispatcher Mary Woodyard has been with the Portsmouth Police Department for nearly 15 years and leads by example. She sets the bar high for others because she has a remarkable work ethic and is dedicated to this department as well as the citizens of Portsmouth. She is dependable, efficient and unfailingly punctual. 

On August 7, 2018, at 2325 hours, Sr. Dispatcher Woodyard answered a 911 call…Read More

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DEPUTY DARRIN T. EDWARDS - SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Deputy Darrin Tyrone Edwards is a true hometown hero. Born here in Virginia. He was raised and educated in the city of Portsmouth. Inspired by his big brother Kenneth, who wore the uniform of a corrections officer proudly for 28 years, Darrin Edwards chose corrections as his career.…Read More

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CAPTAIN CARROLL WARD - FIREFIGHTER

The individual we have nominated for Firefighter of the year has, for the past 20 years, provided excellent and tireless service to the department. On top of being the Captain, and Paramedic, of an Advanced Life Support engine company, he has taken on many additional duties. He oversees the repair of hand lights, he completes the monthly medic and Advanced schedules, he monitors report completion, he sits on the Apparatus Committee, is Co-Chair of the Research and Development Committee, and is the Chair of the Awards Committee…Read More

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Laurel Lapp - Paramedic

Over the past two years, since joining the department, we have had the pleasure of watching this Paramedic perform on numerous incidents, and we’ve seen her handle each of them with the utmost skill and professionalism. The care that she provides to her patients is above reproach. She is attentive and she quickly finds the root of the issue every time.…Read More