Bethany-Fenwick Chamber to hold Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards Feb. 21

January 28, 2014

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is set to honor the outstanding police officers, emergency medical technicians, and firefighters from southern Sussex County at the Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards. The Den at Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View will host the luncheon starting at noon, Friday, Feb. 21. Representatives of local towns and public-safety organizations, government officials and chamber members will gather to honor members of area fire companies and police departments for their work in the community.

“The members of the local law enforcement, fire departments and emergency medical services are everyday heroes who make the sacrifice to keep our community safe," said Kristie Maravalli, executive director. “We, as the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, are privileged to organize this event to recognize these extraordinary individuals whose work not only protects our citizens but ensures the safety of our visitors as well.”

Each local department will recognize one of its members for outstanding service in the past year. One of these nominees will then be awarded the top honor of the annual Joshua M. Freeman Valor Award. Six years ago, this event and the top award were renamed in memory of the late developer and philanthropist Joshua M. Freeman.

The 2014 Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards are presented by The Carl M. Freeman Companies and supported by Banks Wines & Spirits, Coastal Point, Delmarva Power and Mediacom Business. For more information, contact Lauren Weaver, event and member relations manager, at 302-539-2100, Ext. 118 or go to