Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage

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2024 Event

Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage 2024 

Date: Monday, October 14th, 2024

Location: Billera Hall, DeSales University
2755 Station Ave
Center Valley, PA 18034

CLICK IMAGE TO OPEN:Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage nomination formSPIRIT OF COURAGE AWARD

Awarded to individuals or groups in eastern Pennsylvania that have performed exceptionally courageous acts to save someone from death or serious injury from any fire source. Civilians and first responders may receive this award. The rescue attempt must have involved a significant degree of personal risk – exposure to either death or severe injury – occurring between April 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024.

Awarded to individuals, groups or organizations that have done an outstanding job educating community members about fire safety and burn prevention. Special consideration given for reaching large numbers of target populations or for service over an extended period.

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Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Burn Prevention


Thank you to everyone who attended or watched the livestream of this year’s event.  We look forward to seeing you next year.




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2023 Awardees

Spirit of Courage Awards 

Reading, Marion Street – 10/15/2022
Firefighter/EMT Garry Clarke & Firefighter/EMT Joshua Green


Reading, Schuylkill Avenue – 10/29/2022
Firefighter/EMT Kevin Ayers, Firefighter/EMT Kieran Dolan, & Firefighter/EMT Ronald Frey

Scranton, Hickory Street – 11/20/2022
Firefig hter Nick Azzarelli, Firefighter Lieutenant Joseph Chesek, Firefighter Kyle Saldonis & Firefighter Captain Matthew McDonald


Pottsville, Arch Street – 5/9/2023
Police Officer Michael Hrebik

Palmer Township, Main Street – 5/21/2022
Deputy Fire Chief Jim Alercia, Fire Battalion Chief Ken Sobieski, Police Officer John Billiard, Police Officer Evan Goldstein, Police Officer Kyle Kromer, Police Officer Maurice Burton, Emergency Medical Technician, Christopher Finan, Jr., Paramedic Jeremy Slack, & Dr. Thomas W. Stauffer, DO

West Penn Township, Clamtown Road – 12/7/2022
Assistant Fire Chief Zachary T.A. Paris (Posthumous)
Firefighter Marvin Gruber (Posthumous)

Walter J Okunski Phoenix Award
Leah John

Eleos Award
Jennifer Nagle, RN (Posthumous)

Prevention Partner Award
Fire Chief James Misstishin, Sr.

Chairman’s Award
West Reading, R.M. Palmer Explosion – 3/24/2023
All First Responders involved in incident