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At the February 5th City Council meeting, Chicago Heights Police Chief Thomas Rogers was recognized for his consistent support of the National Guard and Reserves. Residents, friends and families were present as John Carlson, a Field Service volunteer for the Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve and retired Lieutenant Colonel, presented Chief Rogers with the Patriotic Employer Award. This award is presented to employers who embody the “Patriotic Employer” model through their continued support of employees enlisted in Army National Guard and Reserve.
According to the Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserve, the Patriotic Employer 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.
Chief Rogers was not the only member of the CHPD to be recognized that evening. Seven new Patrol Officers were officially sworn in as Chicago Heights Police officers.
Pictured Left to Right: Officer Allen Rinchich, Officer John Beck, Officer Angelo Curtis, Chief Thomas Rogers, (center) Mayor Gonzalez, Officer Alexander Stoterau, Officer Kevin Pawlak, Officer Peter Stygar, and Officer Lenin Gamero.