Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Honored by Department of Defense
By Tim Cavender, Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services
Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services was recently honored with an ‘Above and Beyond’ Award in recognition of their support to their employees who serve in the Georgia National Guard and Army Reserve. The presentation was made by the Georgia Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (GA ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, at their Annual Awards Banquet at the Macon Marriott City Center.
The ‘Above and Beyond’ Award is given in limited numbers and presented annually by the GA ESGR to those employers who go above and beyond the requirements of the federal law in supporting their Reserve Component employees.
Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services provides outstanding support with pay differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits which complement coverage provided by the military when their employees are mobilized. According to Training Chief, Eddie Robinson, who accepted the award on behalf of the fire department, “We are fortunate that our Board of Commissioners support our employees who serve in the Georgia National Guard and Reserve. Their dedication to these employees shows their willingness to help those who are fighting for the freedoms that we enjoy in this great country.” Robinson also recognized the employees of the fire department who are always willing to help the families of their co-workers who have spouses that are serving overseas.
As the 1.3 million members of the National Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions with America’s borders and beyond, ESGR will continue to be the resource for the employers of citizen warriors. ESGR provides education, consultation, and if necessary mediation for employers of Guard and Reserve employees.