CFHLA’s 2020 Patriot Day Remembrance

The Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association commemorated the 19th anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 at its annual Patriot Day Remembrance. Due to COVID-19, the event was held at Orlando World Center Marriott with a limited number of attendees and was broadcast on Orange TV and via social media channels.

The event featured guest emcee Jim Payne, WESH 2 News anchor, and keynote speaker, Mike Cortes, former FDNY and Sept. 11, 2001 first responder. In addition, CFHLA honored the following Central Florida first responders:

Lifetime Achievement Award
Chief Deputy Nancy Brown, Orange County Sheriff’s Office

Heroism Award – Fire Rescue
Lieutenant Paramedic Anthony Pisani, Firefighter/EMT Kurtis Warren, and Paramedic Almando Martin, Orange County Fire Rescue

Heroism Award – Law Enforcement
Sergeant Jeinly Ortiz, Sergeant Kristy Strobl, Officer Christopher Cabral, Officer Marlon Dunston, Officer Nawfal Filali Fikri, Officer Eric Longsworth, Officer Leopoldo Roman and Officer Rodolfo Sayeed, Kissimmee Police Department

Life Saving Award – Fire Rescue/EMS
Assistant Chief Chad Peterson, Lieutenant Donald Fitzgerald, Lieutenant Lewis “Buck” Tydings, Engineer Denton Chapman, Engineer Marissa Garbade, Engineer Robert Wise, Firefighter Craig Bronson, Firefighter Ryan Broomell, Firefighter Ryan Cooke, Firefighter Collin Dean, Firefighter Jonathan Estrella, Firefighter Samantha Frost, Firefighter Jaycius Golding, Firefighter Tyler Graves, Firefighter Brandin Hudson, Firefighter Lauren O’Brien, Firefighter Michael Sims, Firefighter Theresa Sysol, Firefighter Daniel Thibodeau, Firefighter William Tilford, Firefighter Ashton Tyson and Firefighter David Vignola, St. Cloud Fire Rescue

Life Saving Award – Law Enforcement
Deputy Sheriff Todd Montford, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office

Life Saving Award – Hospitality
Joshua Denham, Hilton Orlando
Narciso Leon, Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center

CFHLA would like to thank presenting sponsor Radio One / Motorola for their continued partnership of this important community activity.


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Written by Rich Maladecki

Richard Maladecki has served as President / CEO of the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association (CFHLA) for over 20 years. As President / CEO of the “World’s Largest Regional Lodging Association” he is responsible for managing a 50 member Board of Directors, consisting of lodging General Managers and tourism industry Executives.

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