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The Protector Award.

Recognizing first responders who embrace technology to PROTECT our communities. Sharing their stories of bravery and courage.


Innovation meets grit.

Stories of Courage
Cosumnes Fire Department

Captain Kirk Mckinzie

SMART First Responder Technologist – Creating solutions for community risk reduction & emergency response.

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American Firefighter

Chief Bobby Halton

Editor in chief of Fire Engineering and education director of the Fire Department Instructors Conference. Retired, structural firefighter and chief of operations with the Albuquerque (NM) Fire Department and Chief of Coppell (TX) Fire Department.

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Dallas Fire-Rescue

Battalion Chief Tami Kayea

Chief Tami Kayea bravely commanded the fire and EMS resources sent to deal with “one of the worst tragedies in our history” when a sniper opened fire on police officers during a peaceful, planned protest in Dallas, TX on July 7, 2016.

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Nominate a Protector.

Recognize those who serve your community.

We want the world to hear your story. Tell us more about why you, or a first responder you know, deserves to your story told. We’re committed to making sure the heroic efforts of first responders all over the globe are given the platform and recognition they deserve.  Learn More

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ResponderXLive is a first-of-its-kind monthly event series optimized to meet the needs of public safety; free to attend, unsponsored, and featuring only vetted technology that meets the high standards required of the industry. A Protector Award is given at the conclusion of every event. Attend an event nearest you to help recognize the winners and hear their stories live.

Event date and location
  • June 27, Chicago, IL ResponderXLive in partnership with Darley
  • July 25, Washington, DC 5G First Responder Lab powered by Verizon
  • August 22, Seattle, WA ResponderXLive in partnership with Amazon
  • September 26, Washington, DC ResponderXLive in partnership with DHS S&T
  • October 17, Brussels, Belgium ResponderXLive in partnership with IFAFRI
  • October 24, Washington, DC 5G First Responder Lab powered by Verizon
  • November 19, Perry, GA #OCR19 powered by Verizon & Nokia
  • December 5, San Francisco, CA ResponderXLive

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The Protector Award identifies first responders who leverage technology and innovation to go above and beyond to keep our communities safe

Please submit a form if you or you know of a first responder that deserves recognition for their commitment and sacrifice.

All members of the Protector community agree to follow a clear code of conduct.

Nominate a Protector

Nominees must:

Be an active or retired first responderWho embraces technology and innovation to help keep our communities safe
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