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Over 50 Prince George’s County Public Safety officials were honored Wednesday, at the 35th Annual Public Safety Valor Awards Luncheon held in Greenbelt, Md.

“Being here today to recognize the several men and women who put their lives on the line for our county everyday is special. This is a day to say thank you. It’s a small thing we do, but it’s the best part of my job,” explained Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals of Valor in addition to Medals of Honor were given to deserving Firefighters, Policemen, Department of Corrections, the Sheriff ‘s Office, and Homeland Security.

“It’s neat to be honored, but as a firefighter, this is what we train for. As a little kid, I always wanted to be a firefighter, and being able to rescue someone then later meeting them was an incredible experience,” said Firefighter/Medic Alexander Myres who received a Gold Medal of Valor Award. He went on to say, “To be here, accepting an award with my team, who is my family away from home, is a truly great feeling.”

County Executive Baker has called for additional Public Safety officials in Prince George’s County and hopes that the number of service men and women will increase in the county by next year. They will have 150 new Police recruits and 50 new Firefighters/EMS as well as increased numbers in Homeland Security and the Department of Corrections.

“It’s a lunch, it’s a medal, but more importantly, we want to let our heroes know that we couldn’t have a great county without the work they do everyday,” stated County Executive Baker.