March 31, 2022 – The Boone County Republican Central Committee (BCRCC) announced today that the 2022 Dr. Edward H. Robb Public Servant Award is being awarded posthumously to Boone County Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Bryant Gladney. The Robb Award recognizes outstanding service by an employee or volunteer of any city, county, or public entity in Boone County.
“This annual award recognizes those who represent the best in public service for Boone County and its citizens,” BCRCC chairman Tony Lupo said. “When his nomination was submitted, given his long-time service to the county and for giving his life in the line of duty, Mr. Gladney was undoubtedly the one to choose.”
During his more than 30 years in emergency response in mid-Missouri, and 25 years with the Boone County Fire Protection District, Mr. Gladney served as a firefighter, mentor, and teacher. When he passed, he was serving as the assistant chief with the Training Bureau of the district. Gladney had also trained hundreds of EMTs across Missouri during his tenure while with the district and was an original member of Missouri Task Force 1.
The Robb Award is limited to a person or group deemed the most outstanding public servant(s) in Boone County, Missouri, and is strictly non-partisan. The award is named after Dr. Edward H. Robb, the late Boone County Presiding Commissioner who passed away in 2011. Rosa Schleeter, Dr. Robb’s widow, said, “Ed’s family and I appreciate that the Committee has chosen Mr. Gladney as this year’s honoree for his many years of service and dedication to the people of Boone County.”
The award will be presented at the Boone County Republican’s annual Lincoln Days Banquet on April 8, 2022, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott in Columbia.