Congratulations to Brian Wilburn, this month's Spirit of Rowlett Award winner! This award is to publicly recognize ordinary residents doing extra-ordinary things in our community, and the recipients are nominated by YOU – the citizens of Rowlett.
Brian was nominated by Councilmember Blake Margolis, who says:
“Brian Wilburn has demonstrated a love and passion for helping veterans in need. He has also shone a bright light on the issue of veteran and first responder suicides to raise awareness and provide assistance so that together we might help reduce their number. Brian is the President of the Third Watch Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and he coordinates the "Walk the Bridge" event held on the 22nd of each month. This walk across the SH66 bridge between Rowlett and Rockwall is another way Brian brings attention to the average 22 veteran/first responder suicides occurring each day (now down to an average 17 per day). Brian also manages Rowlett’s Veteran Recognition Program, aka Rowlett Vets, during which a local veteran is formally recognized for their service by the Mayor at a City Council Meeting. Instrumental in bringing this facility to Rowlett, Brian now both volunteers and works at our Veteran Resource & Outreach Center! Brian Wilburn truly deserves our community’s recognition and gratitude, awarding him the "Spirit of Rowlett" award is just one small way to say thank you.”
We hope you enjoy this interview of Brian by Mayor Tammy Dana-Bashian.<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9_UFw-s_2yA" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Do you know a local hero? Nominate them today!. This is a great way to say “Thank you” to those who have encouraged, supported and acted in a way that has impacted you in your everyday life. We look forward to hearing from you and to providing this recognition for good deeds, done well!