Heroism Award
 

This award shall constitute recognition of an act of heroism on the part of an employee(s) in the water utility or wastewater utility profession. To be eligible for this award the rescuer(s) must, within the past 12 months, have performed a significant rescue act either on or off the job toward saving another person or persons from loss of life or extreme injury, and in the process, must have placed himself/herself at great personal risk.

Purpose
This award shall constitute recognition of an act of heroism on the part of an employee(s) in the water utility or wastewater utility profession. Military duty, in and of itself, while certainly commendable and honored, will not be considered for this award.

Nominee Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for this award the rescuer(s) must, within the past 12 months, have performed a significant rescue act either on or off the job toward saving another person or persons from loss of life or extreme injury, and in the process, must have placed himself/herself at great personal risk.
Each award may be presented to an individual member of any grade of VA AWWA or VWEA membership or an employee of any water or wastewater utility, whether or not that utility holds membership in AWWA or VWEA.
The Virginia Section AWWA award requirements match the AWWA National award requirements. This will allow VA Section AWWA awardees to be submitted to and be considered for the award at the National level.

Nomination or Submission Deadline
Recommendation by a VA AWWA or VWEA member through the submission of a completed entry form to the VA AWWA Executive Manager. Entry form submission must be received by June 30th for consideration.

Award Committee Membership
The VA AWWA Membership Committee shall serve as the Heroism Award judging committee.

Method of Selecting Award Recipient
The procedure for selecting an award recipient shall be as follows:

  1. The act of heroism shall be brought to the attention of the VA AWWA Executive Manager in the manner of a written report of the incident on the official entry form.
  2. The act of heroism shall be investigated by the VA AWWA Membership Committee and, if deemed worthy, shall be presented to the VA AWWA Section Chair for approval.

Frequency
Annually, if deserved.

Presentation of the Award
The VA AWWA Section will present the award to the recipient at the VA AWWA Awards Luncheon during the Joint Annual Meeting (WaterJAM)