ImageMetropolitan Lubbock Rotary Club created the Unsung Heroes Recognition program in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 as a way of honoring and publicly recognizing the dedication and sacrifice made by the fine people who proudly wear the uniform of the Lubbock EMS, Fire Department, Police Department,  Sheriff’s Department, and Texas Department of Public Safety.

In 2002, American State Bank and the Lubbock Avalanche Journal joined with the members of Metropolitan Lubbock Rotary Club in sponsoring this yearly event.  These people put their lives on the line for all of us each day, with dedication and willingness to serve our community, to protect and defend us, our property and our lives.

The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self”, the basis of our Rotary organization. All of these individuals exemplify this motto, as they risk their lives daily to serve our community.

We thank them for this SERVICE.  The Unsung Heroes Program was given this name because the members of these organizations do their jobs for all the rest of us, every minute of every hour of every day.  AND they do these jobs so well, that their service to our community often goes unnoticed and even taken for granted. We sometimes forget to thank those people who create this atmosphere of safety and well being.

One member each from each department is selected each year by the members of their own organization for their hard work, their "Service Above Self," and their professionalism in their job as the Outstanding Unsung Heroes they are.


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19TH Annual Unsung Heroes Award Ceremony

Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 5:30 PM
Prosperity Bank Conference Center
1501 Avenue Q


Lubbock Fire Rescue: Matt Dawson
Emergency Medical Services: Paramedic Aaron Odom
Lubbock Police Department: Officer Jeffrey Buschman
Lubbock County Sheriff's Office: Civil Deputy Eddie Burton
Texas Department of Public Safety: Trooper Drew Woodard
Join the Rotary Club of Metropolitan Lubbock for the 19th Annual Unsung Heroes Awards. This is a FREE event and an opportunity for us to pay tribute and express gratitude to our local first responders.