(SPOKANE, Wash.) – Today, the Spokane region recognized Armed Forces Persons of the Year and First Responders at the annual Let Freedom Ring event organized by Greater Spokane Incorporated, in partnership with Spokane Lilac Festival.
The award-winning selectees in each category are:
Active Duty Category Junior Enlisted (E1-E4)
Airman First Class Arthur A Kidd – United States Air Force
Active Duty Category Mid-Grade Enlisted (E5-E6)
Petty Officer Second Class Kristiana Constantino – United States Navy
Active Duty Category Senior Enlisted (E7-E9)
Master Sergeant Shane Poole – United States Air Force
Guard/Reserve Category Junior Enlisted (E1-E4)
Senior Airman Caroline E Belch – WA Air National Guard
Guard/Reserve Category Mid-Grade Enlisted (E5-E6)
Staff Sergeant Angela L Brown – WA Air National Guard
Guard/Reserve Category Senior Enlisted (E7-E9)
Master Sergeant Andrew Dittman – WA Air National Guard
Officer Ben Brown-Bieber – Spokane Police Department
Firefighter Gabe Mills – Spokane Fire Department
This year marked the 62nd anniversary of the program. Let Freedom Ring celebrates our nation’s military and first responders through this special awards program that honors local active duty, guard and reserve, members of the armed forces, and first responders.
Nominations were solicited from each branch of our armed services. Candidates were interviewed by a group of volunteer judges. Selectees were awarded based on the criteria of: responsibilities and accomplishments, appearance, poise and courtesy, leadership qualities, education and training, decorations, awards and honors, and community involvement and civic activities.
About Greater Spokane Incorporated
Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) is the Spokane region’s largest business development organization. GSI works to create something greater for the community by connecting businesses to valuable relationships and resources, driving initiatives to improve our region, and advocating for business with a unified voice. GSI is funded through a combination of private and public investment, including 1,200 private-sector members; Spokane County; Washington State Department of Commerce; and the cities of Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney, Deer Park, Liberty Lake, Medical Lake, Millwood and Newport, and the Kalispel Tribe of Indians. For more information visit GreaterSpokane.org or contact us at 509-624-1393 or 1-800-SPOKANE. For more information about moving or expanding your business in the Spokane region, visit AdvantageSpokane.com.