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The 7th Annual Eagle County Public Safety Awards will be held on October 29th at Donovan Pavilion for award winners and their families, followed by a virtual celebration for all citizens on Sunday, November 1st at 5:00pm – 6:30pm. Started by the Rotary Clubs of Eagle County after 9/11 to recognize our Public Safety Heroes, this event will recognize outstanding emergency responders, medical professionals and community leaders. This year is especially meaningful due to the extra demands and risk of COVID-19 and the life-threatening forest fires.

The three Eagle County Rotary Clubs and Starting Hearts are co-hosting this first-ever virtual event to shine a light on our first responders and recognize them for the outstanding job they do. “The Rotary clubs are honored to recognize our well deserved first responders over the past years. We see this COVID virtual event as a great way to involve a large part of the community in this special recognition! Thanks to Starting Hearts for helping Rotary take this event to the next level.” stated Dwight Henninger, Vail Police Chief and Vail Rotary Club member.

The event will also be a fundraiser with proceeds going to Starting Hearts and the Eagle County Emergency Responders Fund (ECERF). “We work closely with our first responders to let them know we support them 24/7, like they support and protect our Community around the clock. We are excited to work with Starting Hearts to raise awareness and funding for our first responders,” said Bethe Wright, Executive Director for ECERF.

“It’s such an honor to partner with the three Eagle County Rotary Clubs this year to help celebrate such an important event. Our County’s EMS and First Responders do such amazing work each and every year to keep our communities safe, even at the risk of their own health and safety, and with COVID-19, at the risk of their families as well,” said Jackie Christiansen, Starting Hearts’ Director of Operations and Project Manager.

The public is invited to this free virtual event and we encourage all Eagle County residents and beyond to join us in cheering on our Eagle County’s finest first responders and frontline heroes. The event will feature awards, raffle prizes, a silent auction and entertainment from some of the county’s most popular musicians. Please register at www.startinghearts.org to receive the broadcast link.

About Rotary International

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. Our mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

About Eagle County Emergency Responder’s fund (ECERF)

ECERF is a nonprofit organization that helps responders during times of crisis by assisting with basic needs and ensures community support to those who sacrifice so much for their communities. Our mission is to raise and manage funds for the benefit of Eagle County Emergency Responders and their immediate families during times of hardship or crisis. We also provide scholarships to students wishing to enter into a career in emergency response. ECERF benefits emergency responders and their family members of all Eagle County law enforcement agencies, fire agencies, ambulance service agencies, Vail Mountain Rescue, Vail Public Safety Communications, and Vail Ski Patrol

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