(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), September 11, 2017 — State Senator Becky Duncan Massey (R-Knoxville) joined Governor Bill Haslam, Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner David Purkey and other state officials on Monday to present the state’s Three Stars of Tennessee Award. The awards honor five Tennessee heroes who dedicated their lives for the safety and security of their fellow citizens.
The awards were presented posthumously to the families of Putnam County EMS Paramedic Carmen Burnette, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Special Agent De’Greaun Frazier, Metro Nashville Police Officer Eric Mumaw, Tennessee Department of Transportation HELP truck operator James “J.R.” Rogers, Jr. and Maryville Police Department Officer Kenneth Moats.
The event, which is held on September 11 each year, took place in Conservation Hall at the Executive Residence in Nashville.
Senator Massey spearheaded legislation in 2014 to recognize law enforcement, firefighters and medical first responders who exhibit brave and heroic sacrifices in the line of duty. This is the fourth presentation of the annual awards since passage of that act.
“Every day in Tennessee brave men and women put on their uniforms and report for duty with the knowledge that they may pay the ultimate price for the job that they do,” said Senator Massey. “It is very appropriate that we honor the sacrifices made by Tennessee heroes like these who have demonstrated nobility through their selfless actions. No words seem adequate to express our gratitude and admiration for the brave men and women who dedicate their lives to selflessly serving others.”
In addition, First Responder Recipient awards were given to 34 first responder agencies from state and local governments in Tennessee.
“The tragedy of 9/11 serves as a reminder each year of the sacrifices made by our first responders,” added Sen. Massey. “These awards are a small token of our appreciation for the jobs they do every day for our citizens.”
• Ms. Burnette died during surgery for a condition suffered while rendering emergency care for a patient
• Agent Frazier was killed while operating an undercover drug operation
• Officer Mumaw drowned in the Cumberland River while trying to prevent a woman from committing suicide.
• Mr. Rogers was struck while assisting a stranded motorist on I-40 in Nashville
• Officer Moats was shot while responding to a disturbance call
L.to R. Senator Massey; Maryville Police Department Officer Donnie Carroll; Lisa Burns, mother of officer Kenneth Moats; Maryville Police Department Captain David Graves and Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner David Purkey.