Community Relations Division
Courageous Citizen Awards
The District Attorney's Courageous Citizen Award was created to
commend those individuals who have acted with courage and at
considerable personal risk to help a victim of crime, assist in the
capture of a suspect or testify in the face of extraordinary
Courageous Citizen Awards are presented at regional luncheons
hosted by local Rotary and Kiwanis clubs. These organizations join
the District Attorney in honoring these citizens because the award
recipients exemplify the highest form of community service. It is
our hope that this kind of public recognition, in a world where
heroes are often hard to come by, will have a far-reaching impact on
our community -- and particularly on our young people.
The courage to take action in the cause of justice, without
regard to personal consequences, was referred to by John F. Kennedy
as "the basis of all human morality."
That action -- dictated by conscience or spurred by a keenly felt
perception of wrong -- separates those who turn away from those who
make that split-second decision to get involved, to save a life, to
catch a thief. It is for those individuals who take the latter
course that the District Attorney's Courageous Citizen Award was
If you would like to read some true stories of remarkable men,
women and children who have won the District Attorney's Courageous
Citizen Award, click here.