Aug 15, 2013 11:01 AM by KATC
The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) recognizes Captain Jonathan Booth as a Patriotic Employer for contributing to national security and protecting liberty by supporting employee participation in America's National Guard and Reserve Force.
U.S. Army Sergeant Ryan Russo, a patrol deputy with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office, nominated Booth for the award for his outstanding leadership and support. Russo, a member of the 2228th Military Police Company Louisiana Army National Guard, was deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in June.
Sheriff Mark Hebert says, "Service members and veterans are assets to our law enforcement agency. It is an honor to support employees, such as Russo, who serve in the National Guard. Our agency believes that members of U.S. Armed Forces are essential to the strength of our nation and the well being of our communities."
Including Russo, there are two active military service members employed by St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office who are currently deployed.
ESGR, a Department of Defense office, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers, and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment ().
From left to right are Mike Broussard, an Employer Outreach Representative (Louisiana) of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and Captain Jonathan Booth, St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office Patrol Division Commander.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office Deputy, Ryan Russo.