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COMMUNITY AWARDS

The Annual Community Awards, Presented by Gesa Credit Union has been celebrating Walla Walla Valley’s citizens, organizations, and businesses since 1884. Each year, we honor our Hometown Heroes who work tirelessly to ensure we have access to the best quality of life possible.

The Community Awards are presented in person at our January Chamber Connect Lunch which is held the third Wednesday in January.

HOMETOWN HERO AWARDS

Educator of the Year

The purpose of the Educator of the Year Award is to recognize excellence in the teaching profession and to inform our community of the exceptional quality of instruction delivered in the Walla Walla Valley.

 

Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

The Nick Henzel Community Service Award recognizes the significant contributions, character and dedication of an individual. Law Enforcement Officers serve their communities in many different ways; they monitor criminal activity, take part in community patrols, respond to emergency calls, and much more including being role models of community responsibility. This award is to be presented to an Officer who has distinguished himself/herself through outstanding performance above and beyond the call of duty through service to their community.

 

Firefighter of the Year

The Firefighter of the Year award recognizes the significant contributions, achievements, character and long-term dedication of an individual. Firefighters serve their communities in many different ways; responding to emergencies, organizing safety events, and being role models of community responsibility. The candidate must demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to firefighting

HIGHER EDUCATION AWARDS FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE

Walla Walla University, Whitman College and Walla Walla Community College present and celebrate outstanding individuals within their communities.

2022 AWARD RECIPIENTS

HOMETOWN HEROES

Educator of the Year_Kim Cassetto

EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

Kim Casetto
Library Media Specialist
Walla Walla High School

Law Enforcement Officer of the Year_E. Adams

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OF THE YEAR

Officer Eric Adams
College Place Police Department

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FIREFIGHTERS OF THE YEAR

Ben Wolfram
Firefighter/EMT
Walla Walla Fire District 4

Josh Mayberry
Former Firefighter/EMT
Walla Walla Police Department

Todd Reiswig
Lieutenant Firefighter/Paramedic
Walla Walla Fire District 4

 

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS

ComAw_HECSA_WWCC_Recipient_Melissa Rodriguez

WALLA WALLA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Melissa Rodriguez
Director of Outreach

WWU_HECSA_Recipient_David Lopez

WALLA WALLA UNIVERSITY

David Lopez
Executive Director of the Center
for Humanitarian Engagement

ComAw_HECSA_Whitman_Recipient_Jennifer Northam

WHITMAN COLLEGE

Jennifer Northam
Director of Alumni Relations

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