Opening General Session

Monday, August 6
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Venetian Ballroom A-F

Open to all conference attendees and exhibitors. Badge needed for admission.

Keynote Presentation

Sal Giunta
First Living Medal of Honor Recipient Since the Vietnam War and Author, Living With Honor

Uncommon Valor: The Importance of Teamwork, Sacrifice and Leadership
While conducting a patrol as team leader, Sal Giunta and his team were navigating through the treacherous terrain of Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley when they were ambushed by a well-armed and well-coordinated insurgent force.

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Even under intense fire, Giunta boldly advanced to fight the enemy, administering first aid to his wounded squad leader and saving another solider from being carried away by the Taliban. His heroic actions earned him the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration that was awarded by President Barack Obama.

In this moving presentation, Sal Giunta speaks about the importance of teamwork, service before self and leadership in the face of overwhelming circumstances. Cited for saving the lives of his squad, Giunta’s life-or-death acts are an inspirational account of a true American hero


Public Safety Awards Program Winners:

Telecommunicator of the Year
Jamie Siller
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Radio Frequency (RF) Technologist of the Year
Ric Wilhelm
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Information Technologist of the Year
Brandon Wecker
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Trainer of the Year
Carmen Bower
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Line Supervisor of the Year
Denese Moore
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Communications Center Director of the Year
Kathren Sukus
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Team of the Year
Combined Communications Center, Las Vegas, NV
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Technology Leadership Award Winners

Technology Leadership Award – Large Agency
Technology Leadership Award – Small Agency
Manatee County Emergency Communications Center

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