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Public Service & Heroism
The Public Service & Heroism Committee is responsible for promoting and conducting fire, safety and law enforcement programs designed to protect human life and property. The Committee is responsible for oversight of a commendation program designed to recognize those engaged in fire protection, public safety (including emergency medical personnel) and law enforcement work and who risk their lives to preserve and protect the general public.

Each year the Saramana SAR Chapter mails "Nominee Request Letters" to each Police Chief, Sheriff, and the Troop Commander of Troop "F" in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

The individual Chief, Sheriff, and Troop Commander is requested to select the appropriate award for their nominee. Each department is afforded one nominee; however, if there was more than one officer involved with a qualifying incident, presentations can be made to each officer. Each officer nominated will receive a medal and a certificate. There is no competition among nominees. In addition, the Saramana SAR Chapter sponsors the lunch of each officer nominated and one presenter.

Please forward to the Committee Chairman:
The officer's name, citation, and the name, rank and email address of the presenter so we can verify meal requests.

To e-mail Steven R. Fields, our Saramana SAR  Chapter President, click on
sarasotasteve@hotmail.com or call (941) 228-6123.

Law Enforcement Commendation Medal
Summary: The Law Enforcement Commendation Medal is presented to those who have served with distinction and devotion in the field of law enforcement. The medal is intended to recognize exceptional service or accomplishment in the field of law enforcement. Eligibility is not limited to peace officers but extends to the entire range of persons who make and enforce the law to include but not limited to peace officers, attorneys, judges, prosecutors and legislators who have performed an exceptional act or service beyond that normally expected. The medal may be presented posthumously.

Description: The obverse of the medal depicts a police badge design surmounted by a gold eagle with the SAR Badge below. The medal is accompanied by an enameled bar, suitable for wear on uniform, and a certificate for engrossing. A miniature medal is available.

Publication: The names of all recipients are published annually.

Subsequent Presentation NOT Authorized: An individual may receive this medal only once. Oak leaf clusters or other ribbon attachments are not authorized.

Life Saving Medal
Summary: The SAR Life Saving Medal is presented to those individuals who have acted to save a human life without necessarily placing their own life or themselves in imminent danger. The medal is intended primarily for acts by civilians not in uniform, however, police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical personal, lifeguards, and SAR Compatriots are not excluded from receiving this award. The medal is not intended to recognize acts that would otherwise qualify for military or another organization’s valor medals and, in all cases, the fact that the actions of the rescuer actually saved the life of the victim must be validated by EMS or medical personnel. Lifesaving examples include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Performing the Heimlich maneuver or other first aid to prevent a person from choking;
  2. Saving a person from drowning by bringing the person to safety;
  3. Performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or rescue breathing until the person breathes normally; or
  4. Performing CPR or applying an automated external defibrillator (AED) on an out of hospital cardiac arrest before EMS arrival.


The medal is intended to recognize the actions of any person: (1) who was directly responsible for the saving of a human life or (2) who prolonged a human life to the extent that the victim was still alive upon transfer to the care of medical authorities, even though the victim might expire at a later time.

Only one award will be awarded for each incident regardless of the number of victims involved. Nominations will not be considered after a lapse of 24 months of the incident. The medal may also be presented posthumously.

Description: The medal is gold in color. The obverse depicts a green cross in the center enclosed within a green circle. Within the green circle, the words “Sons of the American Revolution” appear on top and “Life Saving” appears on the bottom. It is worn from a chest ribbon of red halved with white. The medal is accompanied by a half red, half white enameled bar, suitable for wear on uniform, and a certificate for engrossing. A miniature medal is available.

Publication: The names of all recipients are published annually.

Subsequent Presentation Authorized:  An individual may receive this medal multiple times. Presentation and wear of oak leaf clusters shall follow NSSAR policy.



Medal for Heroism
Summary: It recognizes outstanding bravery and self-sacrifice in the face of imminent danger, i.e., acts which involve great personal courage and risk to the recipient. It is intended primarily for acts by civilians not in uniform but does not exclude police, firemen, and SAR members. It is not intended to recognize acts that would have been covered by armed forces medals for valor. The medal may also be presented posthumously.

Description: The medal is in bronze and is similar in design to the Good Citizenship Medal but is inscribed, "Heroism." It is worn suspended from a chest ribbon of the SAR colors. The medal is accompanied by an enameled bar, suitable for wear on uniform, and a certificate for engrossing. No miniature medal is available.

Subsequent Presentation Authorized:  An individual may receive this medal multiple times. Presentation and wear of oak leaf clusters shall follow NSSAR policy.

Publication: The names of all recipients are published annually.

**Please note: The Saramana Chapter requests that you notify us of any individuals (particularly civilians) that should be awarded the "Life Saving Medal" OR THE “Medal for Heroism” at any time throughout the year and not wait for our annual awards luncheon.**

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Each April, the Saramana SAR Chapter Honors Law Enforcement Officers from

Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

Awards Available Include:
Law Enforcement Commendation Awards

Life Saving Award
Heroism Award

Law Enforcement

Saramana SAR Chapter  Sons of the American Revolution