NORTH WILKESBORO — Wilkes County EMS recently received the Patriot Award from the National Guard for its support of two National Guard members. Sgt. Mike Lane, Lt. Robbie Bolin, Capt. Kevin Foster and Director Eric Morrison were recognized.
In the award application, Paramedic Stephen Whiting stated, “Wilkes EMS has been very supportive of me and my drill weekends, as well as Annual Training. They have also been very supportive of one of our employees who is currently deployed overseas. Wilkes EMS is definitely a patriotic military friendly work environment.”
The first in Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s (ESGR) series of awards is the Patriot Award. An employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve, or the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member, may nominate individual supervisors and bosses for support provided directly to the nominating Service member and his or her family. The Patriot 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.