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2018 Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award Presented to Cobb County (GA) Firefighter Rusty Brown

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During today's Opening Ceremony of FDIC International 2018, Cobb County (GA) Firefighter Rusty Brown was presented with the Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award for his role in a 2017 rescue.

Firefighter Brown went above and beyond the call of duty during the incident at High Falls State Park (READ FULL ACCOUNT). He was picked for a mission that was unknown until his arrival. For this, he was unanimously picked by the Courage and Valor Foundation Selection Committee as the recipient of the 2018 Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award.  

The Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award pays tribute to the memory of firefighters who were lost on 9/11/2001 by presenting an award that memorializes the name and legacy of Fire Department of New York Deputy Chief Ray Downey, one of the greatest fire service leaders of our time. The award is a medal and a check for $35,000.