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.
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
2021 Educator of the Year
Connor Fish, Garrison Middle School
2021 Law Enforcement Officers of the Year
Sergeant Eric Knudson, Walla Walla Police Department
Officer Nat Small, Walla Walla Police Department
2021 Firefighter of the Year
Lieutenant Paramedic Chris Worden
2021 Higher Education Community Service Award
Nadine Stecklein, Walla Walla Community College
Steve Rose, Walla Walla University
Jim Russo, Whitman College