Rotary Club Honors Public Safety Employees Of The Year

SANDY SPRINGS, GA — The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs on Monday held its annual Public Safety Awards lunch, an initiative where it recognizes first responders who’ve shown exemplary professional accomplishments in their service to the community.

Sandy Springs Police Capt. Mike Lindstrom, a member of the club, officiated the Oct. 16 program while Police Chief Ken DeSimone and Fire Chief and fellow club member Keith Sanders honored the winners of their respective departments.

A special recognition was given to Lynn Hammond, the mother of a Sandy Springs firefighter who was killed last month in a motorcycle crash in Forsyth County. Hammond accepted the Firefighter of the Year Award on behalf of her late son, 21-year-old Jacob Hammond.

She also commended the Sandy Springs Fire Rescue Department for "welcoming her son into the profession of firefighting" and Sandy Springs police for showing compassion and sympathy when they informed her of her son’s sudden passing (SIGN UP: Get Patch’s Daily Newsletter and Real Time News Alerts. Or, if you have an iPhone, download the free Patch app).

The winners of the 2017 Sandy Springs Public Safety Awards are:

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2017 Police Department Civilian of the Year: Jannah Bryant2017 Police Officer of the Year: Officer Craig Manne2017 Police Officer Supervisor of the Year: Sgt. Anthony Misuraca2017 Paramedic of the Year: Paramedic Derek Uburtis2017 Firefighter of the Year: Firefighter Jacob Hammond (posthumously awarded)

The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs meets most Mondays at 12:15 p.m. for lunch at Hilton Perimeter Suites at 6120 Peachtree Dunwoody Road in Sandy Springs. The club welcomes interested business leaders, professionals and community leaders to visit for lunch. Reservations aren’t required to attend, but may be made in advance at

More information can be found on the club’s website and Facebook page.

Images via Rotary Club of Sandy Springs

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