Rotary’s ideals of Vocational Service, our Law Enforcement, Fire Safety, First
Responders, and other public safety personnel serve above self within their
profession each day. They ask for a fair wage and the opportunity to serve, yet
their level of service has the potential to far exceed normal expectations of
“Service Above Self.” Rotary International developed a method for Rotary Clubs
to honor those community heroes who share its motto of “Service Above Self”
within their professions and the club reached out to leaders in law enforcement
and public safety for nominations.
this second year of awarding the Rotary National Medal of Honor, the Rotary
Club of Americus recently recognized four public service personnel for
providing exemplary service to the citizens of the Americus and Sumter County
community. The club honored them with a luncheon held on Tuesday, May 10 in the
Marshall Private Dining Room on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State
Sherman Anthony of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office was awarded the Rotary
“Service Above Self” National Medal of Honor for Deputy of the Year. Corporal
Anthony has served as a dedicated public servant with the Sheriff’s Office
since July of 2011 and was nominated by Sheriff Eric Bryant. His work ethic
pared with a professional and courteous attitude sets him apart and he is
heralded for providing exemplary service to the citizens of Sumter County.
Baldwin was recognized with the National Medal of Honor for Firefighter of the
Year, nominated by Chief Jerry Harmon of the Sumter County Fire Department.
Baldwin was recognized for going the extra mile in everything he does and for
constantly striving to do more and learn more, making him a wealth of knowledge
and an invaluable asset to the department.
Manucy, was nominated by Chief Roger Bivins and awarded the National Medal of
Honor for Firefighter of the Year. He is an engineer with 15 years of exemplary
service with the department and embodies a “can do” attitude and a true spirit
of service. He has consistently put the citizens, City of Americus, and the
fire department needs as a primary goal, interacting with every member of the
public with the professionalism expected. His work habits and compassion serve
as a good example for everyone and he is very well-respected within the
Sergeant Cedric Smith received the National Medal of Honor for Police Officer
of the Year, having selflessly served the Americus Police Department for 16
years. He was nominated by Americus Police Chief Mark Scott. Described as hardworking, dependable, and
positive, he has received a number of accolades, including the department’s
Meritorious Service award. He approaches every task and assignment with a
“can-do” attitude and is always the first to sign up for extra assignments. Whether
supervising criminal investigations or volunteering his time, energy, and
talents in the community, Cedric Smith’s life reflects Service Above Self.
Rotary Club of Americus is honored to honor these first responders who share a
core value of the 1.2 million Rotary International members, worldwide, which is
“Service Above Self”.
Pictured are Rotary “Service Above Self”
National Medal of Honor recipients Corporal Sherman Anthony, Detective Sergeant
Cedric Smith, Engineer Scott Manucy, and Firefighter Theo Baldwin