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Review Board

Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor

On January 14, 2002, the Charter for the Medal of Valor Review Board was signed by the Attorney General. As required by the legislation, the eleven-member board was appointed by the President, the Majority and Minority Leaders of the U.S. Senate, and the Speaker and the Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The board, which comprises representatives of the public safety community and the general public, reviews the nominations and recommends individuals for recognition.

Medal of Valor Board Members

  • Presidential appointment - Firefighting appointee: Mr. John A. Joyce (Battalion Chief, Fire Department City of New York, New York - retired)
  • Presidential appointment - Law Enforcement appointee: Special Agent in Charge Robert Engel , United States Secret Service
  • President appointment - Emergency Services appointee: Peter Lamelas MD, MBA – retired
  • Senate Majority Leader appointment: Sheriff Errol D. Toulon, Jr., Suffolk County, New York
  • Senate Majority Leader appointment: vacant
  • Senate Minority Leader appointment: Board Chair, Mr. Trevor S. Whipple (Chief, Burlington Police Department - retired), consultant at the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, Vermont
  • Senate Minority Leader appointment: vacant
  • Speaker of the House appointment: Mr. Brandon Clabes (Chief, Midwest City Police Department, Oklahoma – retired)
  • Speaker of the House appointment: Captain Shon Buford, San Francisco Fire Department, California
  • House Minority Leader appointment: Mr. Thomas C. O'Halleran (Former Congressman, Arizona - District 1), Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • House Minority Leader appointment: Mr. Anthony Galagaza (Fire Chief, Bakersfield Fire Department, California – retired)