Elburn Police Chief recognized for patriotic support of military

By on October 22, 2013

Elburn Police Dept. supports those who serve in the guard or reserve
ELBURN—The Illinois Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an office of the Department of Defense, recently recognized Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith with the ESGR Patriotic Employer Award in recognition of his extraordinary support of a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

The Patriotic Employer Award is presented after ESGR receives a nomination from a Guardsmen or Reservist. Benjamin Pepich, a part-time police officer for Elburn, nominated Chief Smith for recognition. Ben is a staff sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve, and when preparing his narrative for this award he wrote, “My employer is outwardly supportive on my military service, and I know that he supports me and my actions with the Marine Corps Reserve. Chief Smith is happy for me to learn valuable skills that will make me a better police officer for the organization. Chief Smith has made me feel secure and proud of being in the Marine Corps Reserve.”

The award was presented by Michael Holub of the Illinois Committee of ESGR with thanks for the continued support of the men and women in uniform, who play a critical role in our security at home and around the world. According to Holub, The Patriotic Employer Award publicly recognizes employers who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees who, like the Minutemen before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve.

Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation s National Guard and Reserve units. The village of Elburn now joins thousands of employers who have demonstrated their support of service in the National Guard and Reserve through full compliance with the statutory requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and ReEmployment Rights Act (USERRA) law.

After the award presentation, Elburn Village President David L. Anderson signed a Statement of Support for the village of Elburn.

“On behalf of our state chair, I would like to thank (Village President) Anderson for publicly recognizing the important role of the National Guard and Reserve by signing a Statement of Support,” Holub said. “When an employer recognizes and appreciates the value of service in the Guard and Reserve it is a welcome show of support to our men and women in uniform.”

With the signing of the Statement of Support, the village of Elburn joins other employers in pledging that:
• They fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act or USERRA.
• Their managers and supervisors will have the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
• They appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists, and Veterans.
• They will continually recognize and support our country s service members and their families in peace, in crises and in war.