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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219


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**Video of today's awards presentation is available here, including AG Herrings' remarks and each recipient getting their award.**


~ Attorney General Herring presented Sgt. Teresa Meade and Det. Stephen Reed with inaugural Unsung Heroes Award during afternoon ceremony ~

RICHMOND (April 6, 2017) - This afternoon, Attorney General Mark R. Herring honored Sgt. Teresa A. Meade of the Wise County Sheriff's Office, and Detective Stephen G. Reed of the Washington County Sheriff's Office with the inaugural Unsung Heroes Award for their dedication and excellence in victims' services. During National Crime Victims' Rights Week, Attorney General Herring held the ceremony to recognize men and women across the Commonwealth who are dedicated to serving victims and fighting for their rights.


"When a Virginian seeks justice, safety, and support following a crime, men and women from across Virginia are there waiting with open arms and hearts, but far too often their tireless efforts goes unacknowledged," said Attorney General Herring. "I am proud to honor Sgt. Meade, Det. Reed, and Virginians like them with the inaugural Unsung Heroes award, and am glad to have had the opportunity to express our thanks for their important work."


Below is a biography of each recipient from southwest Virginia:

Sergeant Teresa  A. Meade
Wise County Sheriff's Office

In 1992, Teresa Meade started neighborhood watch groups in several communities as a private citizen, working alongside deputies.  In 1996, the Wise County Sheriff's Office received a Community Policing Grant and Sheriff Ronnie Oakes hired Teresa as the first female patrol deputy in the history of Wise County.  She quickly became active in various programs and was the first Crime Prevention Specialist for the sheriff's office.  She also became certified to instruct D.A.R.E., R.A.D. Self Defense and radKids.  To date she has taught more than 2,800 D.A.R.E. students, over 1,000 women and children in self-defense.  She is also a certified Forensic Interviewer for the Children's Advocacy Center and also a Critical Incident Stress Management Debriefer for the Southwest EMS Council.  Her passion is working with women and children and championing causes for all victims.


Sgt. Meade is the Accreditation Manager for the Wise County Sheriff's Office, currently working on the office's fourth re-accreditation.  She works closely with staff in policy development for the sheriff's office and has also been contracted to develop policy manuals for six additional Southwest Virginia law enforcement agencies.  Sgt. Meade is always there for someone in need and is a strong advocate for the citizens of Wise County. 


Detective Stephen G. Reed
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Detective Reed retired from the Prince William County Police Department as a Lieutenant after twenty-six years.  Deciding that he was simply not done with his law enforcement career, he has served as Detective for the Washington County Sheriff's Office for the past twelve years.  He has served as a Board Member for Abuse Alternatives, been a driving force on a Multi-Disciplinary Team addressing elder abuse cases, and serves as the lead training and implementation officer for the area's lethality assessment protocol.  Detective Reed is always willing to travel the state to share his experiences and lessons learned with his colleagues in the interest of better serving victims.  



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