Deputy State Fire Marshal Helys Valles is the recipient of the 2022 “James C. Robertson, Deputy State Fire Marshal of the Year” award. “Deputy Valles exemplifies the overall desire and commitment our investigators embrace to ensure the safety of Maryland’s citizens,” stated State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci. The award was presented to her during the Maryland State Fireman’s Annual Convention and Conference in Ocean City. Deputy Valles was nominated by her supervisor, Deputy Chief John Nelson, Commander of the Southern Regional Office. Valles was praised for her consistent performance throughout the year. Deputy Valles began her career with the Office of the State Fire Marshal in September 2020 and is the first female Latino hired in its 58-year history. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and moved to the United States in 2012. Valles has a master’s degree in Forensic Sciences and wanted to use her education to determine the origin and cause of fire and explosions. Deputy Valles graduated academically at the top of her class with a 97% average on all her exams, earning her the “Academic Award” from the academy. “After completing her Field Training, DSFM Valles responded to her first fatal fire as […]
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