2011 A Voice for Victims Awards Honors Everyday Heroes
Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. Honors “Everyday Heroes” For Selfless Acts of Courage and Sacrifice
In recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness month, the Office of the Fulton County District Attorney is holding its annual “A Voice for Victims” awards Ceremony Thursday, October 27, 2011. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. at Morehouse College in the Executive Conference Center (Bank of America Auditorium) located at 830 Westview Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30314. This is the 14th anniversary of the “A Voice for Victims” awards program which pays tribute to law enforcement and civilians who go “above and beyond” on behalf of crime victims or people in danger. Dave Wilkinson, President and CEO of the Atlanta Police Foundation will serve as the keynote speaker with an encouraging message for attendees about the important role and sacrifice of law enforcement personnel.
This year’s program also spotlights the heroic actions of citizens from around the metropolitan area, including:
· Jessica Maple- The 12-year-old Junior DA who rose to national fame after solving the burglary of her great-grandmother’s South Georgia home---confronting a suspect and beating police to the punch.
· Eileen Kelly, Owner of Doguroo- Kelly, and her team at the dog care services business she owns, rescued a canine victim in an animal cruelty case from euthanasia. The dog was considered ‘cage crazy’ and unadoptable. Doguroo rehabilitated the animal at its own expense. He now resides with a loving family.
· Michael Reed & Daniel Frisch- The citizen heroes came to the rescue of an Atlanta Police Officer who was under attack by a suspect. The men radioed for help and held the suspect down until back-up arrived.
· Dean Moore- The Morehouse student who saved a stranger from a sexual assault. He wrestled the knife-wielding attacker away from the victim, ultimately saving her life.
· Keisha Head- Once a child prostitute, then a Madame, the former human trafficking victim is now an advocate for young children facing a similar fate.
· Tyler Perry- The Atlanta Media Mogul, star of stage, television and screen is being recognized for his charitable spirit. Perry came to the rescue of a Coweta County great-grandmother raising her seven grandchildren after the family’s home burned down days before Christmas. Perry provided a temporary home for the family and built them a brand new home at his own expense. (A company representative will accept the award on Mr. Perry’s behalf).
The Andrea “Nikki” Blanton Good Samaritan Award
In 2007, the District Attorney’s office introduced the annual “Nikki Blanton Good Samaritan Award” in memory of former “A Voice for Victim” recipient Andrea Nicole Blanton. Blanton and her boyfriend were struck by a car on an interstate ramp in 2006 after stopping to pull a trapped motorist to safety. Nikki suffered numerous injuries from her crash and died of complications a year later. Nikki’s determination to overcome her ordeal was such an inspiration that District Attorney Howard dedicated a “Good Samaritan” Award in her honor.
The “Nikki Blanton” award this year goes to:
· Spencer Pass- The State’s first H.E.R.O. (Highway Emergency Response Operator) killed in the line of duty. Pass was assisting a stalled motorist, when another driver lost control striking and killing Pass instantly. Pass is being remembered for his service and his sacrifice.
The program will feature musical selections by the Inman Middle School Chorus and the presentation of colors by the Maynard Jackson High School Junior ROTC.
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