William H. Webster Award
The William H. Webster Award, founded by the Society in 2001, recognizes and honors an active-duty FBI Special Agent for exemplary public or humanitarian service provided
outside of his or her official employment as a Special Agent of the FBI. The award was named after former Director William H. Webster in honor of his outstanding stewardship
of the FBI during very difficult times and his continued support of the Bureau and the Society since his retirement from government service. In addition to recognizing the award
recipient for extraordinary service, the Society, through the Foundation, donates $5,000 to the charity or public service chosen by the award recipient.
Louis E. Peters Memorial Award
Louis E. Peters was a successful automobile dealer in California. In 1977, the Bonanno organized-crime family approached him and wanted to buy his dealership in order to use the business to launder illegal funds. Peters went to the FBI and offered to help in whatever way he could. To protect his family from threats and violence, Lou found himself with no other choice but to obtain a legal separation from his wife. For the next 20 months, he secretly recorded conversations with Mafia leader Joseph Bonanno, Sr. and others, dedicating himself tirelessly to the investigation. Due in large part to Peters’ selfless actions, Joseph Bonanno, Sr., was sentenced to five years in prison on an obstruction of justice charge. FBI Director William H. Webster presented Peters with an award that read in part, “To Lou Peters, who set new standards of patriotism, of selflessness, and of valor, with the gratitude and respect of his FBI friends.” It is in this vein that the FBI and the Society jointly established the Louis E. Peters Memorial Service Award. The Award has been presented at the National Conference since 1982 to that person who best exemplifies the standards set by Peters in providing service to the FBI and the nation. A $5,000 check is presented to the recipient along with this high civilian honor.
HISTORY OF AWARD WINNERS
Frances M. Keogh Award
The Frances M. Keogh Memorial Fund was established in 1991 to honor the late Executive Director of the Society through donations to charitable organizations,
geographically close to the site of the conference. Contributions in her name are given by the Foundation to organizations that are devoted to the care of the sick,
poor and homeless people of our country. The Frances M. Keogh Memorial Award is presented each year at the annual conference. The recipient of the award is
chosen by the conference host committee and receives a $1500 donation from this self-sustaining restricted fund. The only stipulation set by the Board of Trustees
is that the recipient be a local, community-based effort like those to which Fran Keogh devoted herself.
Humanitarian Service Award
This award is presented annually to a Society member or spouse who altruistically goes above and beyond the call of civic duty. The recipient is honored at the National Conference and presented an award and a check for $5,000 in the name of his or her favorite charity. From among many worthwhile, service-oriented nominees, the Trustees voted to recognize two members to receive the 2015 Humanitarian Service Award.
CLICK HERE for a copy of the Humanitarian Service Award Nomination Form.