Thursday, August 13, 2009

Bowers Recognizes Officer Bryan Lawrence, David Lisk and Others

Officer Brian Lawrence recives standing ovation.

Officer Brian Lawrence recives standing ovation.

It was a standing ovation for Officer Bryan Lawrence of the Roanoke City Police Department at the State of the City Address held at the Sheraton Roanoke Hotel this morning. Lawrence who with his wife Brenda sat at the front table. Officer Lawrence was able to walk unaided with crutches to the table. He returned to work this week.  Lawrence was off duty when he pursued a suspect who then assaulted him leaving him paralyzed from the shoulders down. His struggle and determination to recover and return to work at the police department has been an inspiration since his injury in May of 2008.

Bowers recognized Officer Lawrence as an example of the service of all Roanoke’s public safety personnel – Police as well as Fire/EMS. Bowers acknowledged that at times of extreme difficulty we may want to give up but said to Officer Lawrence, “never give up – Roanoke loves you.”

In his State of the City Address Thursday morning Bowers recognized seven individuals for their outstanding service to the City. 

Bowers with Officer Lawrence and wife Brenda

Bowers with Officer Lawrence and wife Brenda

Besides Officer Lawrence Bowers noted the passing of former Council member David Lisk who abdicated the Mayor’s position some 20 years ago to Noel C. Taylor in a gesture to unite and heal the wounds in the African-American community. Urban renewal and the disrespect  of  historic Gainsboro by the city had created tension and mistrust. The African-American  community suffered upheaval and displacement in the guise of eradicating blight in the 70s and 80s. Lisk was also recognized for his expansion of Sister Cities to 7 countries the first of which was Wonju, Korea.

He recognized Councilman Dave Trinkle for his leadership during the budget process and work with the School Board. Bowers emphasized the two capital projects, the amphitheater and Market building that will lead Roanoke not to just simply “survive”, but to “thrive” in the future.


Estelle McCadden

Estelle McCadden

Bowers also recognized City Manager Darlene Burcham whos era will conclude in March 2010 – the Riverside Medical Center Complex being her greatest achievement. He then recognized Dr. Ed Murphy and Dr. Cynda Johnson of Carilion.

Estelle McCadden was recognized as this years Citizen of the Year for her neighborhood leadership. “She doesn’t just light up a room … she fires up a room,” said Bowers. McCadden is known for her community activism and speaking out forcefully for the city’s schools and neighborhoods. 

Posted By Valerie Garner

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