Provided by Prince William Chamber of Commerce
On March 22 from 2:00-4:30 p. m., Leon Harris, anchor of News4 at 4, joins the members of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce and presenting sponsor Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center for the 32nd Annual Prince William Valor Awards.
Harris joined NBC4 in April of 2017 as Anchor of News4 at 4 and also contributes to other weekday newscasts. He joined News4 after 21 years at CNN in Atlanta and 14 years in D.C. local news. Leon has won acclaim for coverage of major news events like the Oklahoma City bombing, the O.J. Simpson trial, the September 11th attacks and the 2000 Elections and Recount.
Open to the public with tickets priced at just $25 per person, the Prince William Valor Awards are held annually to recognize men and women in uniform who go above and beyond the call of duty in keeping the Prince William region and its people safe and secure: local superheroes. For the fourth year in a row, the event will be held at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas. To register, go to PWChamber.org/Valor, or call 703.368.6600.
Harris, serving as Master of Ceremonies, will read aloud the stories of the various acts of valor. Incidents for which heroes are being honored include a drowning prevention, construction accident extraction, lifesaving emergency medical treatment, suicide prevention and police recruits putting their training into action.
Awards are given out in the Valor and Investigative Categories. Valor Awards recognize bravery and heroism, often in life-threatening situations where quick thinking and ingenuity are valuable. The Investigative Awards highlight work such as crime scene processing, evidence analysis and detailed work leading to the successful closing of major cases.
The event opens with a reception catered by Okra’s Cajun Creole in the Didlake Grand Foyer. Attendees include award recipients, their families, Chiefs of the local fire and police departments, volunteer fire and rescue personnel, elected officials, leaders in the business and the community. At approximately 3:00 p. m. an anticipated crowd of 400 will be ushered into Merchant Hall for the awards ceremony, which opens with the presentation of colors by the cross-jurisdictional public safety color guard and a invocation.
“The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 32nd annual Valor Awards. The Valor Awards is more than just an award ceremony, it is a celebration of the men and woman who display the strength of mind and spirit that enables them to confront danger with firmness and personal bravery. It is our opportunity to say thank you to them and their families for going above and beyond while making sacrifices that make our community a safer place,” said Jim Elliot, Chairman, Prince William Chamber of Commerce.
Additional sponsors include Amazon Web Services, INOVA, Novant Health UVA Health System, NOVEC, Prince William Living, Apple Federal Credit Union, Youth for Tomorrow, Appleton Campbell, First Virginia Community Bank and The Prince William Chamber’s Quality of Life Vision Partner Zeiders Enterprises, Inc.