On Tuesday evening, the Wayne Township Trustees were presented with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award.
Chris Wysong, chief of the Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department, is an active-duty member of the Ohio Army National Guard. Wysong nominated each trustee as his supervisors in his role as fire chief for the support they provided throughout his duties with the National Guard. The three Wayne Township trustees are Ron Weade, Marie Fetters and Jim Cooper.
The ESGR is a Department of Defense office that was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers, and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment.
The Service Member Patriot Award is the first in ESGR’s series of awards.
“Awarding the trustees this award is unique in the way that a traditional National Guard Soldier works a full-time civilian job and is in the military part-time,” Wysong said. “I am Active Guard Reserve, working for the National Guard full-time and a civilian job as fire chief part-time. Since my appointment as chief on February 19, 2013, I have been on many missions, including one in Hungary that had me away from my direct duties in the township. Each time, I was able to remotely respond to any incidents needing my attention and then rely on the officers of the department to report physically in my absence. All three of the trustees continue to support my duties without any concerns of my performance as the chief.
“I just wanted to show you all my appreciation for the support that you’ve given me, and I was very happy to be able to nominate you three for this award,” said Wysong.
Each trustee was presented with a plaque by Wysong and a framed certificate will be hung in the town hall. The trustees expressed their appreciation for the award and Wysong’s services.
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