Last month at the 2012 Joshua M. Freeman Valor Award luncheon in Ocean View Delaware, 12 local emergency medical service works, firefighters, and police officers were recognized for outstanding work as first responders throughout the region. The awards luncheon is was presented and sponsored by Bayside builder Carl M. Freeman Companies as well as several other supporting sponsors.

Below is an excerpt from the’s coverage of the event:

“One member from each local police department, fire company and emergency service unit received an Officer, Firefighter and EMS of the Year Award. From all of those honored, one was chosen and presented with the 2012 Joshua M. Freeman Valor Award. This year’s award went to two recipients, emergency medical technicians Amber Gentry and Keith Baker Sr. from the Millville Volunteer Fire Company. Their heroic actions saved the life of a 3-year old who was found unresponsive at the deep end of a swimming pool last summer. The parents of the child were in attendance at the awards ceremony and delivered a very heartfelt thank you to all of the first responders in the room.”

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