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Thank you for your participation in the 2019 Meritorious Awards – the only statewide forum for agencies and individuals to recognize and pay tribute to members of the Oregon Fire Service for acts of courage, heroism and dedication to their profession. We hope you will join us again in 2020!


The Medal of Honor may be awarded to an individual who, intelligently and in the line of duty, gives their life, or distinguishes themselves by an act of extreme courage involving the risk of imminent danger to their life, with knowledge of such risk, above and beyond the call of duty.


The Medal of Valor may be awarded to an individual who, intelligently and in the line of duty, distinguishes themselves in the performance of an act of courage involving risk of imminent serious physical injury, with knowledge of such risk, for the purpose of saving or protecting human life. Or, in the course of an extended investigation of a nature where they are continuously and singly exposed to grave personal hazard, willingly accepts such risk.


The Award of Excellence may be presented to any individual who performs one or more of the following:

  1. Highly credible acts of fire service over an extended period of time.
  2. Continuous professionalism, as indicated by superiors and performance evaluations, or who has, in a specific instance, performed their duties in a particularly admirable manner.
  3. Developed a program, process or equipment that positively affects the fire service.


The Distinguished Conduct Award may be awarded to any member of the fire service who has acted with professionalism and efficiency when faced with a specific danger or adversity and who has carried out their duties properly despite this danger / adversity. The award may also be bestowed for conduct by off-duty fire personnel that results in a life saved.

*The qualifying event must have occurred between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2019.