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President King receives Patriot Award for support of citizen soldiers and their families who serve the United States

Thursday February 27, 2014

For Immediate Release:
Office of the President
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 /526-3622

Louisville –For his support of the civilian solider who serves our country, Council President Jim King (D-10) was presented the Patriot Award by ESGR of the Department of Defense on Thursday night.

“I am honored by this award, but I am also honored to join other employers across this country who realize there are families of service men and women who need employer support,” said King.

Stephanie Tello and her husband, Staff Sergeant Eriberto Tello, nominated President King for the award. Stephanie has worked for King Southern Bank for over eight years and when her husband, Eriberto, was called up for duty in 2013 she needed to provide stability for their two small children. While he was mobilized, President King made it possible for Stephanie to stay at home with her children until Eriberto could return home. Staff Sergeant Tello currently serves in the Army Reserves as an Observer Controller Trainer. Stephanie recently returned to work at the bank since Eriberto’s mission ended in January.

The Tellos and Jim Papovich representing Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) presented President King the award during Thursday’s Metro Council meeting.

The Patriot Award allows an employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve, or the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member to nominate individual supervisors and bosses for support provided directly to the nominating Service member and his or her family. The Award reflects the efforts made to support Citizen Warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.

“We ask a great deal of the civilian men and women who serve our country. They leave their regular lives and families to protect and serve us for extended periods of time,” said King. “One way we can say thank you for that service is to reassure them their family’s needs are being cared for by those of us who already appreciate the dedication they and their families give in the workplace.”

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