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Employee Stories

Read stories of those who provide a shining example of the heroic work performed everyday throughout the Department.

Check back regularly as new stories are added each week.

  • Mike Cuccio

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    Michael Cuccio, Secretary’s Meritorious Service Silver Medal Award recipient.

    2022 Meritorious Award Recipient
    Mike Cuccio's initiatives make significant improvements at FEMA, in the Supply Chain Integration Branch and beyond.

  • Yolanda Jackson

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    Yolanda Jackson - Secretary's Award for Championing Equity Recipient

    2022 Champion of Equity Award Recipient
    FEMA's Yolanda Jackson's personal mission is something engrained in her DNA, ensuring that all people across the country receive the resources and support they need.

  • Lt. Jonathan Orthman

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    Lt. Jonathan Orthman

    2022 Valor Award Recipient
    U.S. Coast Guard pilot Lieutenant Jonathan Orthman, received the DHS Secretary’s award for Valor for heroic actions while rescuing a 70-year-old fishing vessel from stormy seas.

  • AET2 Jimmy Schwader

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    2022 Valor Award Recipient Flight Mechanic Jimmy Schwader

    2022 Valor Award Recipient
    U.S. Coast Guard AET2 Jimmy Schwader, received the DHS Secretary’s award for Valor for heroic actions while rescuing a 70-year-old fishing vessel in challenging weather conditions.

  • AST2 Grant Roberts

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    AST2 Grant Roberts

    2022 Valor Award Recipient
    U.S. Coast Guard AST2 Grant Roberts, a rescue swimmer, received the DHS Secretary’s award for Valor for heroic actions while rescuing a 70-year-old fishing vessel owner.

  • DHS Employees Share Why They Serve

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    Public Service Recognition Week May 1-7, 2022. Employees share why they serve.

    We asked employees why they chose to become public servants.

  • Lt. Justin Neal

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    Lt. Justin Neal

    2022 Valor Award Recipient
    U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Justin Neal piloted his crew members through challenging weather conditions to rescue a 70-year-old fishing vessel owner.

  • Stephen (Daniel) Southerland

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    Daniel Southerland Headshot

    2022 Valor Award Recipient
    Car jacker apprehended by ICE Special Agent Stephen "Daniel" Southerland.

  • Wallace (Wally) West

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    Wallace West Headshot

    2022 Valor Award Recipient
    Transportation Security Officer (TSO) Wally West stopped an active shooter outside of his apartment.

  • Robert Holmes

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    Robert Holmes Headshot

    2022 Valor Award Recipient
    Border Patrol Agent (BPA) Robert Holmes assisted law enforcement with a 911 call regarding a suicidal individual, helping save the man's life.

Last Updated: 05/18/2022
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