In January, Glenn Davis, Program Director for Emergency Medical Services at SPC, received the Department of Defense Patriot Award for his exceptional support of Guard and Reserve members employed at the college.
James Dicks, Chairman of the Florida Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program, announced the award following a presentation at the Health Education Center on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
The Department of Defense Patriot Award was requested by Air Force Reserve Chief Master Sergeant Ralph Sibbio. In his nomination Chief Master Sgt. Sibbio stated, “Glenn is a retired firefighter paramedic and has been an educator for over 30 years. He has an intimate understanding of the obligations of a public safety profession, as well as the importance of a ‘duty to serve.’ Regardless of the amount of time required for me to be away from my civilian job, he has never hesitated or questioned why I must perform military duty. He is an outstanding advocate and supporter of the military.”
Also at the presentation were SPC’s VP of Academic Affairs Dr. Anne Cooper, retired Veterinary Nursing Dean Dr. Rich Flora, and Dr. Eric Carver, Allstate Center, HEC and Veterinary Nursing Center Provost. The award was presented to Davis on behalf of the Department of Defense by Lt. Col. Roger Trout (USAR-Ret) and Colleen Trout.
Pictured from left to right are Colleen Trout, Flora, Sibbio, Davis, Roger Trout, and Cooper.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense program established in 1972. The mission of ESGR is to gain and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the law, and resolving conflict through mediation. ESGR volunteers provide free education, consultation, and if necessary, mediation for employers of Guard and Reserve employees. As the 35 thousand members of the National Guard and Reserve in Florida and nationally 1.3 million members continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions that require extraordinary actions on the part of everyday citizens, ESGR will continue to be the informational agency for the employers of citizen warriors.
More information about ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities is available at Floridaesgr.com or by calling Roger Trout of the Florida ESGR Committee at (571)275-8980.