Malloy, Wirshing, & Brown Honored with VFW Awards

April 26, 2012

Every year, VFW Post 1349 presents awards to individuals in the Police and Fire Departments who have excelled in the past year. This year was no exception.

Investigator Sean Malloy

Investigator Sean Malloy is a certified police officer currently assigned to the Crimes Against Persons Unit in the Investigative Division of the Prattville Police Department. Sean has been with PPD since 2006. Malloy does not seek personal gain or recognition, but instead takes his responsibilities seriously and has made a commitment to serve his community and this department.

"He exemplifies the virtues of the law enforcement profession and is always seeking further knowledge in the field of law enforcement to keep abreast of the changing laws and court rulings that affect his job," stated Chief Tim Huggins. "He is respected by his fellow officers and supervisors alike. I did not hesitate to recommend Investigator Malloy for the VFW J. Edgar Hoover Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. I am very proud that he has received this well deserved recognition."

Sean was born and raised in North Carolina. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta before entering the United States Army in July 1993. After 5.5 years on active duty, Malloy settled in Enterprise, Alabama where he began his law enforcement career. He furthered his education by attending Troy and Faulkner Universities, majoring in business. Sean holds a B.S. in Biblical Studies from Minnesota Graduate Theological School.

Investigator Malloy is married and has three sons. He is active in the community by participating in weekly ministry outreaches at Maxwell Federal Prison, Brantwood Children's Home, the Women's Sunshine Center, Capitol Hill Rehabilitation Center and is an ordained minister at Strait Gate Christian Center in Montgomery, Alabama. He has also served as a mentor at Seth Johnson Elementary School in Montgomery.

Malloy had a distinguished law enforcement career with Midland City PD and Dothan PD before transferring to Prattville PD. Since he joined our department in 2006, he spent one year as a patrol officer. Sean was then appointed to the General Crimes Division. Since 2007, Investigator Malloy has been involved with undercover narcotic operations for DEA, juvenile crimes casework, sex crimes, violent crimes and identity theft crimes that have since been prosecuted successfully in the judicial system. Investigator Malloy is also a current member of the Special Operations Team of the Prattville Police Department.

Highlights of Sean's accomplishments in the law enforcement field are:

  • Graduated the Police Academy in 1998
  • Attended over 75 specialty training classes involving different aspects of law enforcement
  • Graduated from FBI sniper school in 2001
  • Recognized for successful participation as an appointed drug agent to OCDETF (Organized Crime and Drug Task Force - DEA) for over two years
  • Invited to be class speaker during National Children's Advocacy Conference in Tuscaloosa in 2010
  • Former member of National Association of Drug Diversion Association
  • Current chairman of Prattville Police Advisory Committee

Chief Tim Huggins, Captain Diane Hamm, Mayor Bill Gillespie, Investigator Sean Malloy, and VFW Commander Ed Burks

Investigator Sean Malloy speaking after receiving his award. Mayor Bill Gillespie and Commander Ed Burks are shown on either side of him.

Fire Medic Nicholas Wirshing

vfw-wirshing-84Fire Medic Nicholas Wirshing was nominated by Battalion Commander William Oates and Fire Chief Terry Brown. Wirshing began his career with the Prattville Fire Department in 2007. During this time, he has accomplished much; he received his paramedic license in March of 2009 and a long list of other certificates from extensive training. Nicholas is currently assigned to a rescue unit and has personally made over 500 calls during the past year.

Nicholas is married and has one child.

On July 9th, 2011, Fire Station 2 answered a call to a Prattville resident concerning an unconscious patient. Upon arrival, the medics assessed the patient finding no pulse and she was not breathing. Fire Medic Wirshing and the crew on the scene worked efficiently and aggressively to bring the patient back. Numerous invasive procedures were necessary during treatment of this patient. Fire Medic Wirshing brought this patient back to life with quick thinking, his extensive training, and accomplishing those medical procedures quickly and effectively.

This patient's family wrote a heartfelt letter explaining how they had been informed that their mother was dead. Upon their arrival at the hospital, Dr. Boggs informed them that PFD paramedics had saved their mother's life. The family is forever grateful to Fire Medic Wirshing and all who were on the scene that day. Because of Nick's actions, that family has made many more blessed memories together since July 9th.

Not only was FM Wirshing awarded the VFW EMT Award for our district, but he also won the VFW National EMT Award!

Chief Terry Brown, Mayor Bill Gillespie, Fire Medic Nicholas Wirshing, and VFW Commander Ed Burks

Lieutenant Joshua Brown

vfw-joshbrown-65Lt. Josh Brown was nominated by Battalion Commander Lowell Strock and Fire Chief Terry Brown. Josh began his career with the Prattville Fire Department on May 1, 1995. Throughout his service with PFD, Lt. Brown has striven for excellence. He has moved through the ranks to achieve his current position as Lieutenant and is now in charge of an Engine Company. Brown is also a training officer. He has nearly 17 years worth of experience, training, and accomplishments that are simply too numerous to list. He works with Air Evac as a flight nurse on his off days from PFD.

Josh is married and has two children. Brown's father was a career firefighter who retired as a Captain from Greenville Fire Department.

Brown's exemplary training and qualifications directed his actions on March 16, 2011. He was not working that day, but on his way home when he spotted smoke coming from a home. Upon initial assessment of the structure, Josh became aware that 2 people were still inside the residence. Brown broke out a window and climbed in to rescue the two women inside. Josh is a hero. You will never hear him say those words, but it is true. He has been quick to point out that he could not have done the rescue without the volunteers from Booth and Kingston and he refuses to take any credit.

A letter received from the family expressed overwhelming gratitude for the work Lt. Brown did that day in saving their family members.

Not only was Lt. Josh Brown awarded the VFW Firefighter Award for our district, but he also won the VFW National Firefighter Award!

Chief Terry Brown, Mayor Bill Gillespie, Lt. Josh Brown and Commander Ed Burks.

"Lt. Brown and Fire Medic Wirshing deserve the awards and recognition for their performance on and off duty," said Fire Chief Terry Brown. "Thank you for your commitment to the job and to the citizens we serve. Great job!"

Lt. Josh Brown, Chief Terry Brown, and Fire Medic Nicholas Wirshing

"We have many fine employees within the City of Prattville, but these gentleman have raised the bar to provide services to our community that have made a significant difference in the lives around us," stated Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. "The value of exacting justice through our legal system, and the value of human lives cannot be calculated. The people their actions have touched will never forget them. I am very proud of their actions, these awards they have earned and that they represent the City of Prattville each day."

The City of Prattville couldn't be more proud of these three outstanding men. Congratulations, Josh, Nick and Sean! These awards were very much deserved. Job well done!

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