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Posted on: November 8, 2010

[ARCHIVED] City Honored With Patriot Award

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs, Mo., was recently honored with the Patriot Award from the Missouri Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Blue Springs Police Officer Mark Grote, who also serves as a Chief Petty Officer with the US Navy, nominated the City of Blue Springs for the award.

The award will be presented by James Carver, Administrative Support Technician of the Missouri Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve at the Blue Springs City Council Meeting on November 15. Council meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, 1100 SW Smith Street.

“The Patriot Award was created to publicly recognize American Employers who provide extraordinary patriotic support and cooperation to their employees that have answered their nation’s call to serve,” Carver said. “Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units.”

The Patriot Award recognizes companies that go above and beyond with their policies for employees who participate in the National Guard and Reserve force. The award is for companies who provide leadership and provisions for these employees.

“The City of Blue Springs is a great organization to work for,” said Grote. “They are always supportive of my commitment to our country and I am glad to be a part of their team.”

"It's a great honor to receive the Patriot Award," said Eric Johnson, Blue Springs City Administrator. “Blue Springs recognizes the immense sacrifices that our military men and women and their families make every day. To be nominated for this award by one of our employees is testimony to the City's commitment to our team members in uniform."

In May 2005, the Blue Springs Police Department, in cooperation with the City of Blue Springs, developed our Wall of Honor dedicated to the service men and women and their family members who are currently serving with the United States Military. This wall titled "Guarding Freedom," hosts photographs of the ten Blue Springs Police Department employees and family members on active duty with the United States military. The Wall of Honor is located on the upper floor of the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building.

For more information about the Patriot Award, call James Carver, Administrative Support Technician of the Missouri Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve at (816) 988-7960.

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