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Public safety personnel awarded for work

The Cobb Chamber of Commerce honored Cobb’s finest Oct. 1 during the annual Public Safety Appreciation breakfast. alt

The event kicked off a weeklong community effort to celebrate the men and women who serve and protect. Fire Lt. Kyle Smith (center) of Cobb Fire and Emergency Services was honored as the 2012 Public Safety Employee of the Year.

Smith has a 19-year career in public safety and dedicated service to the residents of Cobb. He was instrumental in the creation of the annual Metro Atlanta Fire Fighters Conference, providing training to hundreds of fire fighters.

In addition to his demonstration of innovation, leadership and devotion, Smith has nurtured community relationships. He spearheaded an effort to adopt a family through a local elementary school during the holiday season. He financed a trip for a young fire fighter to attend the largest educational conference and joined a local pediatrician on a trip to Nigeria to educate and train local fire fighters.

Det. Bob Pierce of the Cobb County Police Department was also honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award. He has served Cobb for 29 years, with much of his career in the narcotics unit. For the past 10 years, he has served in Internal Affairs, recruiting new police officers, fire fighters, 911 operators and other public safety employees.

The Medal of Valor went to Deputy Sheriff Todd Peisel of the Cobb Sheriff’s Office. Several Awards of Merit were presented. The first to Cullen Bragg and Yolanda Estes of Cobb E911 Communications and Officers Chase Childers and Kyle Solon of Cobb Police Department. This group played a vital role in the response to a violent domestic dispute 911 call and saved a life through their heroic actions.

The other Awards of Merit went to Det. Matthew Parker, Det. Christopher Lindsey and Det. Johnnie Moeller of the Marietta Police Department. For more information on all of the winners, visit cobbchamber.org/publicsafety.