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Bossier Chamber honors local first responders, military

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Courtesy Photo | Lt. Shannon Mack, 2016 Patriot of the Year for the Bossier Sheriff's Office

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Patriot Awards luncheon Sept. 7 at the Bossier Civic Center.

Eighteen finalists were honored and 12 first responders were chosen as our 2016 Patriots and given the signature award with a bald eagle and flag, representing two symbols of our country and patriotism.

Patriot Award winners are Lt. Shannon Mack, Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office; Lt. Donna Jackson, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office; Sgt. Brandon Huckaby, Bossier City Police; Sgt. Robert Elliott, Shreveport Police; Cpl. Jason Cook, Shreveport Police; Blair Bockhaus, Bossier City Fire Department; Capt. Chris Burden, Shreveport Fire Department; Tina Rist, Bossier Parish Communications Officer; SMSgt. Danny Fischer, U.S. Air Force Reserve, 307th Maintenance squadron; 2nd Lt. Kale Williams, U.S. Army National Guard; Major-select Ryan “Vapor” Loucks, U.S. Air Force; Tony Daves, U.S. Air Force retired, and current Transition Service Officer at Barksdale Air Force Base.

The Bossier Chamber, along with event sponsor Willis-Knighton Health System, recognizes the importance of first responders in our community as they protect and serve our residents day in and day out. The Bossier Chamber, along with award sponsor Shreveport Communications, recognized courageous men and women who serve in Bossier and Caddo in law enforcement, fire/EMS, emergency communications, and military (active, guard and reserve).

The event also paid tribute to the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.