First responders were honored Wednesday with the 2013 Patriot Awards Banquet hosted by the Bossier Chamber of Commerce.
Six recipients of the prestigious Patriot Award were selected:
- Emergency Communications, Fred McAnn, Assistant Director, Bossier Parish Communications District
- Bossier City Law Enforcement, Detective Matthew Bragg, Bossier City Police Department
- Bossier Parish Law Enforcement, Lt. Bruce Bletz, Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office
- Bossier City Fire Protection, District Chief Melvin Singleton, Bossier City Fire Department
- Reserve/Guard Military, Tech. Sgt. Keyne Mosley, 307th Maintenance Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base
- Active Duty Military, Maj. Jason Dymond, 96th Bomb Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base
“We want to thank the Bossier Chamber of Commerce and other local sponsors for honoring our local heroes on this day, the 12th anniversary of 9-11. First responders play a critical role in keeping our community safe, and we are humbled to be recognized along with our fellow law enforcement officers, firefighters, military personnel and emergency communications personnel,” said Sheriff Julian Whittington.
Wednesday’s keynote speaker, Ray Castle, spoke about his experience during the Boston Marathon bombings in April.
The director of the LSU athletic training program had come to help out during the marathon ended up spending the day treating the victims of the two bombs that injured hundreds and killed three.
“All of us have an opportunity to make a difference. Not only from an emergency standpoint, but also for supporting our troops when they come back home. You put a hand on somebody, it makes a big difference,” said Castle.
The Patriot Awards first took place in 2002 as an outdoor festival and in 2004, moved to a format where honorees and speakers are thanked for their service.