As part of the 24th annual Public Safety Appreciation Week Oct. 7-13, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce will honor the county’s finest during a special recognition program.

The Public Safety Appreciation Breakfast on Oct. 7 at the Cobb Galleria Centre will kick off a weeklong effort to celebrate public safety personnel in Cobb County.

Preparations for such an event begins months in advance with the nomination process for the Public Safety Employee of the Year Award, in addition to other awards such as the Medal of Valor, Award of Merit, Distinguished Achievement Award and Outstanding Community Contribution Award.

Residents, government officials, public safety agencies and business officials are given the opportunity to nominate public safety personnel for these honors. The 2019 Public Safety Appreciation Committee Chairwoman is Destiny Davidson, with Cobb County 911.

The Cobb Chamber would like to congratulate the following personnel and public safety units on their nomination for a public safety recognition award:

♦ Deputy Stephen Arsenault, Cobb County Sheriff’s Office

♦ Marty Billings, director, Quality Management & Clinical Services, MetroAtlanta Ambulance

♦ Lt. Jody Collis, Smyrna Fire Department

♦ Engineer Sean Cook, Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services

♦ Powder Springs Police Officer Josh Davis

Paramedic/FTO Stephen Fearon, MetroAtlanta Ambulance♦

♦ Cobb Police Sgt. Steve Gaynor

♦ Desmond Harris, emergency communications officer II, Cobb County Emergency Communications

♦ Marietta Police Officer Paul Hill

♦ Smyrna Police Detective Meredith Holt

♦ Cobb Police Detective Ben Jackson

♦ Julie Johnson, emergency communications officer I, Cobb County Emergency Communications

♦ Kennesaw Police Officer Michael O’Brien

♦ Acworth Police Officer Nicholas Parker

♦ Col. Janet Prince, Cobb County Sheriff’s Office

♦ Marietta Police Officer Paul Reynolds

♦ Hallie Teague, advanced EMT, Puckett EMS

♦ Lt. Michael Wilson, Cobb County School District

Public Safety Units:

♦ SWAT Unit, Cobb County Police Department

♦ Police Department, Kennesaw Police Department

♦ Engine 55 – C, Marietta Fire Department

♦ Engine 2, Smyrna Fire Department

Award winners will be announced and celebrated at the Public Safety Appreciation Breakfast in October. For more information on Public Safety Appreciation Week, visit or contact Katie Guice at 770-859-2334 or


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