Department Law and Order Awards Program

The American Legion seeks to recognize well-rounded public service candidates who have exceeded about and beyond the expected duties of their position for public recognition. Post, County, District, and Department may recognize a Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Firefighter of the Year, and Civilian Life Saver of the Year. The Department Law and Order Committees will judge nominations based on community service, professional career record, heroism, and will consider press articles and letters or recognition.

The Department Law and Order Committee strongly encourages every Post and District to recognize a (1) Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, (2) Firefighter of the Year, and (3) Civilian Lifesaver of the Year for a record of commendable service. Districts must submit their nominee’s packet to Department HQ no later than noon on September 15.

Request for Nominations: Law & Order Nomination Packet


If you have any questions, you may contact your District Law and Order Chairman or Scott Palider, Program Coordinator at 740-816-7579 or by email at


To select and honorably recognize well-rounded candidates who have exceeded above and beyond their position’s expected duties.


District Guidance

Annually, each District may nominate one Law Enforcement Officer, Firefighter, and Civilian Life Saver, with the attached nomination form and guidelines.


Posthumous Nominee Eligibility

A nominee is eligible to receive an award posthumously if the death in the line of duty occurred between July 1st and April 1st.


Department Awards Point System

The following point system shall be used by the Department Law and Order Committee to judge the nomination package of any Law Enforcement, Firefighter, or Civilian Life Saver.

Professional Career: 40 points

Community Service: 35 points

Acts of Heroism:        20 points

Citations/Awards:     5 points

Total Points:              100 points

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