Holley receives state, national VFW awards

VFW Post 6683 Post Commander Otis Smith presents the VFW National Law Enforcement Award to Coffee County Sheriff’s Deputy Jace Holley. Holley was also presented with the VFW State EMT of The Year award, VFW State Officer of the Year award and VFW VFW National Emergency Medical Technician Award Pictured, from left, are Sarah Holley, Jace Holley and Smith.

VFW 6683 Post Commander presented Coffee County Sheriff’s Deputy Jace Holley with multiple state and national Veterans of Foreign Wars awards at a regularly scheduled Coffee County Commission meeting on June 24.

In May, Holley was awarded the state Medal of Honor by Gov. Kay Ivey at the Alabama State House. The Coffee County Commission also recognized Holley in September of 2018 with a meritorious service proclamation.

Holley was nominated for his actions in a June 2018 wreck on AL 167. A head-on collision caused a van to catch fire and upon arriving on the scene Holley pulled three children out of the van that was on fire. Two adults and one child died in the accident.

Smith first awarded Holley with the Alabama VFW EMT and Officer of the Year awards for the 2018-2019 year.

“Some time ago, earlier in the year last year, we always submit individuals for Policeman of the Year and EMT of the Year,” Smith said. “This year, the individual chosen was Sgt. Jace Holley. I’m honored to be here to present him with these awards this morning.”

Holley also received a $500 check from the state VFW.

Smith said that Holley’s state accomplishments, he was submitted for national awards where he was awarded the VFW National Emergency Medical Technician Award.

 “During Sgt. Jace Holley’s outstanding career, he has demonstrated a record of extraordinary and courageous service to the community and to the nation,” Smith read from the certificate. “His exceptional devotion is illustrative of the esteemed core values and traditions of the profession of emergency responders, further evidenced by the high degree of admiration and respect for both his peers and the local public he serves. The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Jace Holley is truly a premiere example of all EMS, and this honor reflects the proudest ideas and values of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.”

Holley was also awarded the VFW National Law Enforcement Award.

“We appreciate the great service you’ve done,” Smith said. “The Veterans of Foreign Wars here at our local post in Enterprise, Coffee County, at the State Department and also at the national level wanted to recognize you and let you know that the great service you’ve done has not gone unnoticed at our highest levels of Veterans of Foreign Wars. Thank you, sir.”

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