Our city’s First Responders ask for a fair wage and the opportunity to serve, yet their level of service has the potential to far exceed normal expectations of “Service Above Self.” Rotary International has now developed a method for Rotary Clubs to honor those community heroes who share our creed of “Service Above Self” within their professions. We will seek input from the Sandy Springs community through May for nominations with public service announcements in the local mainstream media, social media and the city's website/media. Nominees must be active members of the Sandy Springs Police or Fire Department (Police Officer, Firefighter/AEMT or Paramedic), who the nominator feels have gone over and above the normal call of duty in the last 18 months. There will be three Rotary awards, one in each service category (Police, Firefighter, EMT/Paramedic). The selection criteria is not intended to recognize First Responders for merely “doing a good job,” or responding to a call. We want to recognize those who actually have provided extraordinary service to assist our residents and business owners and/or protect property, or who have contributed significantly to the public safety profession over the last year and a half as we have dealt with COVID, civil unrest and other emergency situations. Based on public input the Rotary club will select the Honorees who will be recognized at a noon luncheon meeting in June or July at the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs. Immediate family members of the Honorees, their nominators, superior officers and city officials will also be invited. This program has been approved by SSPD Chief Ken DeSimone and SSFD Chief Keith Sanders (who are also members of SS Rotary). Depending on the level of public input this could become a annual sustainable service project.