Two Carterville civil servants are honored with a special award today.
Police Chief Clint Worley and Fire Chief Ryan Wiles both received the Patriot Award in a ceremony this afternoon. The Patriot Award is handed out by the employer support of the Guard and Reserve, an agency of the Department of Defense. The award honors people who give extraordinary support of its employees and family members of those that serve in the National Guard and Reserves.
“Unless they get that to know that they’re doing the right thing, then they’re unappreciated and we really want to show our appreciation. Because this is a hard job. It’s a hard job to have a reserve guard member working for you. With their absences and their training and then scheduling problems its creates for the employer. So we’re appreciative of that and we want to support that,” says Steven Vanderhoof, Area 4 Chair MO Committee ESGR.
Wiles and Worley were nominated by Josh Blake, a Carterville police officer and volunteer firefighter who also serves in the Kansas Army National Guard.