Who were the big winners at the 2018 Patriot Awards?

In a room full of heroes, it’s hard to decide just who should get a trophy. On Sept. 11, the Bossier Chamber of Commerce honored local first responders at their 2018 Patriot Awards. A winner was selected from each award category including law enforcement, fire protection, emergency communications, reserve/guard military and active duty military.

Guests also heard from two speakers at the event including Mark Cooper, emergency management expert and Dr. Phillip Fletcher, a decorated Army Officer and founder of two non-profit organizations.

Cooper shared his personal experiences working in the emergency management field. He shared a diverse view of emergency management and public safety including how he navigated working through wildfires in Los Angeles and Hurricane Katrina.

Dr. Fletcher discussed military leadership and courageous responsibility. He says we are all given a call to do something outstanding. He also talked about how those who take on leadership roles have a duty to cultivate greatness in others.

Here are the winners from each category:

  • Law Enforcement: Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Robert Thompson
  • 2018 Caddo Parish Patriot: The Shreveport Police Department team of Corporal Jesse Alexander, Officer Jason Booze, Officer Darrell Favis, Officer David Francis, Corporal Christopher Hodges, Officer LeAnn Hodges, Sergeant Michael Jones, Officer Roderick Lewis, Sergeant Daniel Sawyer, Corporal Rodney Stewart.
  • Fire Protection: Barksdale Station Chief Adam Lynch
  • Emergency Communications: Stephanie Stevens of the Bossier City Police Communications
  • Reserve/Guard Military: Master Sergeant Dennis Varnado of the U.S. Air Force
  • Active Duty Military: Senior Master Sergeant Courtenay Sartain of the U.S. Air Force

Did you miss out on the awards? Check out our Facebook gallery to see a recap of the event.