The American Legion has a long history of honoring the men and women who serve our country, but the organization also gives special recognition to the individuals who help preserve the wellbeing of our neighborhoods and communities. Each year, the Legion presents awards for a National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and a Firefighter of the Year, honoring two individuals who have gone above the call of duty in their respective fields of public service. Nominations for each award are due to National Headquarters by Feb. 1.
Fire and police departments are encouraged to send in nominations to American Legion departments for the awards, which recognize individuals who have exceeded the requirements of their positions and shown a special dedication to community service and professional achievement. Departments select one recipient for each award and name a winner at the department level. Departments then forward nomination forms for their winners to National Headquarters. A recipient is selected for each national award and honored at the Legion's national convention in August. Departments may submit only one nomination.