The 2020 Valor Awards was held by the Chamber ALX on Aug. 27 at the Hilton Old Town Alexandria. It was a hybrid ceremony that adhered to social distancing guidelines while honoring the city’s first responders for their heroic actions in the line of duty. The Pandemic Awards were new this year, presented to healthcare and essential services personnel working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 150th anniversary of the founding of the Alexandria Police Department was marked with an informal gathering on July 15 at police headquarters. Sgt. Biruk Dessalegn, a school resource supervisor said, “There are not a lot of agencies worldwide that are this old. It’s usually the larger agencies like New York or Philly that have been around this long so it is unique for a department of our size to be marking this milestone.”