Personal injury firm offers cash awards to first responders

Louis Krauss//November 12, 2019

Personal injury firm offers cash awards to first responders

By Louis Krauss

//November 12, 2019

A southern Maryland law firm wants to thank first responders by offering $1,000 awards to three people who are nominated for their service in the community as a “Hometown Hero.”

Matt Trollinger, who runs his own personal injury firm, Trollinger Law in Waldorf, said he felt the need to thank servicemen and women who put their lives on the line and said the award seemed like a good way to make a positive impact on the community.

“They positively impact so many people every day, and we just wanted to highlight them and get community support to pinpoint the people who’ve been helped by a hometown hero,” Trollinger said in a phone interview.

This is the first year Trollinger Law is offering the “Hometown Hero Award,” which Trollinger hopes will become an annual event.

Trollinger added that while he has seen other firms honor general community leaders, he hasn’t seen firms specifically give awards to first responders, a group he frequently represents as a personal injury attorney.

While the firm will consider nominees who commit heroic acts such as rescuing someone from a burning building, Trollinger said he’s especially interested in first responders who don’t get many accolades for their work protecting the community.

“These people don’t often get any time in the spotlight, so we want to take a moment for everyone to celebrate who they are, in these pivotal roles,” Trollinger said.

The nominees can be any kind of first responder, including paramedics, police officers, firefighters, emergency response teams, public safety providers, emergency hospital workers and military members.

To nominate someone, Trollinger’s website asks that the person reside in Charles County or somewhere in southern Maryland. The nomination form asks for an essay of at least 300 words outlining why the person should be considered a hometown hero.

The award nominations are open until Jan. 31, after which Trollinger and others will decide who the recipients should be.

To nominate someone, visit


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