Rowlett Hometown Heroes Awards Nominees Announced

(ROWLETT, TX – April 23, 2019) The Rowlett Chamber of Commerce is holding its first ever Hometown Heroes Awards Banquet on Friday, May 3, 2019. At the Hometown Heroes Awards Banquet they will honor the extraordinary in Rowlett, including police, fire, public works, veterans, teachers, principals and many others!  They will also be recognizing local citizens who have had a great impact on the City and/or Chamber.

The following are the Top 3 nominees for each award:

TEACHER OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Hallmark Bodies

Sonia Brown, Coyle MS

Tanika Haggan, Rowlett HS

Emily Pittman, Liberty Grove

PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR Sponsored by My Computer Guy

Keith Ellis, Rowlett Elementary

Teresa McCutcheon, Back Elementary

Tobi Schmidt, Schrade MS

PUBLIC WORKS EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR Sponsored by FCC Environmental Services

Tony Creonte

Erasmo Velasquez

Randy Furguson

FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Atmos Energy

Josh Brock

Michael Garrett

Cole Hobbs

NURSE OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Baylor, Scott & White Medical Center – Lake Pointe

Casey Lott

Andrew Pulvino

Natalie Strahl

HEALTH PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Baylor, Scott & White Medical Center – Lake Pointe

Dr. Steven Arze

JJ Jones

BIG ‘R’ AWARD Sponsored by Housewarmers of Rowlett

Barry Dana-Bashian

Larry Glick

Jeff Winget

Also being presented are the Police Officer and Student Resource Officer (SRO) of the Year (sponsored by the Rowlett Firefighters Association), the Veteran of the Year (sponsored by the Veteran’s Resource & Outreach Center) and the Vernon Schrade Heritage Hall of Fame Award (sponsored by the Schrade family).

The guest speaker will be Samantha Horwitz, a former Secret Service Agent who was in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Everyone in attendance will receive an autographed copy of Sam’s book. We will also have a live band and a cash bar. We want to thank our Hero Sponsor, FCC Environmental and all of our Awards Sponsors.

“We want to honor those people we see all around us every day. They do their jobs to protect, educate or serve us and they do this without asking for honor or recognition,” said Michael Gallops, the chamber’s President/CEO. “This night allows us the opportunity to celebrate them and all they’ve done for us and our community.”

The Hometown Heroes Awards Banquet will take place at the Rowlett Community Centre on Friday, May 3rd, with a cocktail hour beginning at 6:00 pm followed by dinner at 7:00 pm. Chamber members as well as non-members are welcome to attend. Ticket information is available at

Submitted press release.

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