Peoria County Sheriff's Office supervisor recognized for support of National Guardsmen
SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS (12/20/2016)(readMedia)-- The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) recognized Peoria County Sheriff's Office Lt. John Huston with the Patriot Award for his support of employees who also serve in the armed services during a ceremony Dec. 16 at the sheriff's office.
Huston was nominated by one of his deputies who also works as an aviator in the Illinois National Guard. The deputy credited Huston's unwavering trust and understanding of service members' commitment and additional duties outside of their normal line of work.
Huston said he was honored to receive the award and the entire sheriff's office stands behind its service members.
"While I have never served myself, I am grateful for all the service members do for this nation," Huston said. "My support is one way to show my gratitude and give back to them."
Service members in the National Guard or Army Reserve, or their spouses, may nominate individual supervisors for their exceptional support of service members and their families. Support may be in the form of flexible scheduling, time off prior or after deployments, providing care for families and granting leave of absences as necessary.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Illinois National Guard Soldier does not want his name published due to security concerns.
CUTLINE: Peoria County Sheriff's Office Lt. John Huston accepts the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve's Patriot Award during a ceremony Dec. 16 at the sheriff's office. The award recognizes those supervisors who demonstrate exceptional support towards service members and their families. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Aaron Ritter, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs)