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The Lejeune High School Marine Corps JROTC presented the colors and national ensign during the Onslow County Public Safety Awards Ceremony at the Jacksonville City Hall, Aug. 28.

Photo by Cpl Donovan Lee

Lejeune emergency services win Public Safety Awards

28 Aug 2013 | Cpl. Donovan Lee

Emergency services personnel from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune sacrifice more than most, and at the fourth annual Public Safety Awards, Aug. 28, they were recognized for their commitment to their jobs.

Katie Phifer received the Emergency Communications Award and Joshua Lawson received the Law Enforcement Award for their hard work and dedication in their job field.

Matt Raymond III, a chairman on the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, said the Public Safety Awards event is one of his favorite ceremonies because those who work in the emergency services are not often recognized for the work they do, but on this day, he has the opportunity to award them for their hard work and dedication.

The Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce asks for nominations from the Public Safety heads of department for the Public Safety Awards every year.  Officials from other counties then come and submit unbiased votes on the nominees, to decide who should receive the awards.

“I do this job because I love what I do,” said Lawson. “To be recognized for my job in a venue such as this is really nice.”

Lawson said he earned this award by working long hours on the job and teamwork with the Jacksonville Police Department.

Lawson plans to continue his work and build relationships with as many law enforcement agencies as he can. 

Matthew Brandon, an accident investigator aboard Camp Lejeune, Cory Orel, a fire fighter and paramedic aboard Camp Lejeune were also nominated to receive awards in their job field.

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