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Friends & Neighbors for February 2012

The Valor Public Safety Awards honor first responders for their contributions in Lawrence and Douglas County. Children of the award recipients are eligible to receive a one-time education stipend of $1,000 when they begin junior college, university or an accredited technical college. Pictured, from left, are Douglas County Sheriff Ken McGovern; John Ross, a director of the Lawrence Foundation; student Vanessa Rials; Sgt. Clark Rials; and Ken Hite, treasurer of the Lawrence Foundation. Sgt. Clark Rials, of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, was a 2011 Silver Valor Award honoree for his actions during a July 2009 river rescue that saved a boy’s life. He and daughter Vanessa, a student at Johnson County Community College, accepted a $1,000 Valor Public Safety scholarship. Eileen Hawley of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce submitted the photo.


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