Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage

Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage — Annual Awards Dinner

2017 VPSOC Nomination Form no envelope-1Valley Preferred, the Burn Prevention Network and the Regional Burn Center and Burn Recovery at Lehigh Valley Hospital launched the Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Award Program in 2005 to honor people in eastern and northeastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey who risked their lives to save others from a burn or death by fire. The program recognizes individuals and groups that have done an outstanding job of promoting fire safety or burn prevention education.


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Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

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Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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Hamed Amani, MD, and Sigrid Blome-Eberwein, MD
Hazleton City Firefighters IAFF Local 507
Gregory G. Kile and Family
Dr. Daniel and Rochelle Lozano
Donald R. Miller and Granddaughter, Alexia Marie Miller
Joe and Karen Tracy


Natalia Ponce de Leon

2018 Keynote Speaker, Natalia Ponce de Leon

Are You a Partner In Prevention?

For over 10 years the Burn Prevention Network has recognized groups, organizations and individuals who deliberately reach out to educate the community, or targeted groups within the community in fire safety and burn prevention. We acknowledge these educational leaders as “Partners in Prevention” at our annual Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage.

Public safety, including fire safety and burn prevention education, are team sports and the Burn Prevention Network wants you, or your organization on the team! Unlike the NFL, we don’t have a player cap. In this lifesaving endeavor, the more the merrier!

Please consider submitting a “Partner in Prevention” nomination this year. Nominations are due by May 4, 2018.

What must our group, or members of our group do to qualify? Here is a list of activities that support fire safety and burn prevention:

  • Conduct educational programs for targeted groups (eg – students, older adults, new parents, etc.)
  • Conduct home safety assessments
  • Provide and install Smoke Alarms for homes in need
  • Conduct a safety awareness campaign for your community
  • Join and actively participate in a community/regional safety coalition (Safe Kids, etc.)



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