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To recognize one or more individuals who may not exactly fit the requirements of the Heroism Award, but are deserving of some type of recognition. These individuals may be credited with risking their own life by “staying at their post” in an effort to save their water supply. While they may not have saved someone else, they certainly went “above and beyond” the call of duty.
Purpose of the Award: This award shall constitute official recognition of an act of courageous service on the part of an individual or group in the water utility profession.
The Award: The award will be in the form of a plaque.
Frequency: As deserved.
Eligibility for the Award: To be eligible for this award, the individual(s) must be employed by a water utility and, within the past 12 months, as the result of extraordinary and/or catastrophic events, employee(s) have demonstrated acts of dedication to their profession, so as to ensure and maintain the provision of water and wastewater services to the community(ies) they serve, in circumstances where they have placed the needs of said community above their own safety and well-being.
Entry Requirements: Recommendation by an AWWA Section board.
Nomination Procedure: Recommendation of the Section submitted to AWWA Headquarters by a Section leader on a completed entry form supplied by AWWA.
Nomination or Submission Deadline: None.
Award Committee Membership: The AWWA Heroism and Courageous Service Committee shall consist of a chair and four other members appointed by the chair of the Technical & Educational Council, subject to Council approval. The chair serves one three-year term and members may serve two three-year terms. An Association staff member shall serve as advisor to the committee.
Method of Selecting Award Recipient: The procedure for selecting an award recipient shall be as follows:
1. The act of courageous service shall be brought to the attention of the Section in the manner of a written report of the incident on an entry form supplied by AWWA.
2. The act of courageous service shall be investigated by the Section and, if deemed worthy, shall be presented to the Section board for approval. The approved entry form shall then be promptly forwarded to AWWA Headquarters.
3. The award report recommendation shall be referred to the AWWA Heroism and Courageous Service Award Committee.
4. The AWWA Heroism and Courageous Service Award Committee shall consider and vote upon the application upon the basis of evidence given. If on the first ballot there is disagreement among members of the committee, the chair shall get in touch with the section advising it of the specific questions raised by the committee and requesting further facts. A second vote shall then be taken and the award shall be granted if not less than 80% of the committee votes in favor of it. In any event, the decision of the AWWA Heroism and Courageous Service Award Committee shall be final.
5. Following approval by the AWWA Heroism and Courageous Service Award Committee, the AWWA Board of Directors will be advised accordingly.
Presentation of the Award: The Section shall be notified of the committee’s decision on all applications. If the award has been approved, AWWA shall make the plaque available for presentation at the next annual meeting of the Section.
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