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The Secretary's Award for COVID-19 Pandemic Heroism 2020

The 2020 Secretary’s COVID-19 Pandemic Heroism Award was created to recognize exceptional and dedicated work and selfless response in the face of this deadly and perilous coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that erupted around the world and in this nation.

Recipient of the COVID-19 Pandemic Heroism 2020 for demonstrating great compassion; they performed above and beyond the call of duty guiding border patrol agent Agustin Aguilar’s family through a very difficult situation during a time of great uncertainty in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Del Rio Sector Team
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Del Rio Sector Team

United States Customs and Border Protection

Olivia Herara
Margarita Moran

For demonstrating great compassion; they performed above and beyond the call of duty guiding border patrol agent Agustin Aguilar’s family through a very difficult situation during a time of great uncertainty in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recipient of the COVID-19 Pandemic Heroism 2020 for developing and implementing an international air bridge to rapidly deliver COVID PPE as part of a historic logistical effort for the U.S. Government in response to the COVID pandemic.
Air Bridge Team
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Air Bridge Team

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Jerry Thomas
Michael Frego
Diana Herriman
St. Francis Peters
Julie Nato
Kevin Colton
Jermaine Francis
Vanessa Williams
Derek Chappelle

For developing and implementing an international air bridge to rapidly deliver COVID PPE as part of a historic logistical effort for the U.S. Government in response to the COVID pandemic.

Recipient of the COVID-19 Pandemic Heroism 2020 for procuring personal protective equipment to fulfill requirements for requests across the nation in support of the historic logistical effort of the U.S. Government.
Personal Protective Equipment Team
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Personal Protective Equipment Team

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Michael Cuccio
Vanessa Green
Michael McClain
Donald Carter
Monique Park
Chebecka Carter
John Thompson
Keith Williams

For procuring personal protective equipment to fulfill requirements for requests across the nation in support of the historic logistical effort of the U.S. Government.

Recipient of the COVID-19 Pandemic Heroism 2020 for research, expertise, and proactive collaboration characterizing the virus, validating disinfectants, and assisting in PPE reconditioning.
S&T COVID-19 Team
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S&T COVID-19 Team

Science and Technology Directorate

Tod Companion
Julie Brewer
Matthew Moe
Lloyd Hough
Steven Wallen
William Pharis
John Fischer
Jonathan McEntee
Robert VanAtta

For research, expertise, and proactive collaboration characterizing the virus, validating disinfectants, and assisting in PPE reconditioning.

Recipient of the COVID-19 Pandemic Heroism 2020 for displaying exceptional bravery and dedication during the COVID-19 pandemic that crippled New York City.
Team LaGuardia Airport
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Team LaGuardia Airport

Transportation Security Administration

Robert Duffy
Matthew McKeon
Ronald Arroyo
John Ellison
James Cappiello
Michael Mullane
Kristen Jonus
Robert Gjonaj
Ingrid Alleyne
Sergio Blanco
Sanra Suarez
Joseph Modica

For displaying exceptional bravery and dedication during the COVID-19 pandemic that crippled New York City.

Recipient of the COVID-19 Pandemic Heroism 2020 for safely executing two medical evacuations from Cruise Ship GRAND PRINCESS, saving two lives. These medical evacuations were the Coast Guard’s first operations in a COVID-19 positive environment and set the standard for Coast Guard policy development.
Cruise Ship GRAND PRINCESS COVID-19 Response Team
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Cruise Ship GRAND PRINCESS COVID-19 Response Team

United States Coast Guard

Marie Byrd
David Dixon
Rebecca Sheehan
Megan Mervar
Megan Dennelly
Tyler White
Edward Kunigonis
Jason Berger
Nolan Salyer
Brandon Belveal
Alexander LaBelle
Craig Ross
Jose Segura
Robert Blomerth
Frank Strom

For safely executing two medical evacuations from Cruise Ship GRAND PRINCESS, saving two lives. These medical evacuations were the Coast Guard’s first operations in a COVID-19 positive environment and set the standard for Coast Guard policy development.

Recipient of the COVID-19 Pandemic Heroism 2020 for working tirelessly under extreme circumstances to provide a safer workforce environment in support of the secret service mission.
Safety, Health and Environmental Programs Division
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Safety, Health and Environmental Programs Division

United States Secret Service

Nadeem Siddiqui
Steven Fong
Anthony Knight
Anthony Jernigan
Sherrill Abramson
Angela Avery
Mauria Bell
Suzette Conlon
Danne Hardin
Nicole Jones
Kathryn Mullinax
Stephanie Semadeni
Charles Toler, Jr.
David Brown
Blaine Forschen
Frederick Reiniger III
Mark Trout
Anna Czech
Li Leung
Mary Gartrell
Brianna Smith

For working tirelessly under extreme circumstances to provide a safer workforce environment in support of the secret service mission.

Last Published Date: December 10, 2020

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