ASSE Member Teresa Dwyer of South Florida Honored with Patriot Award
DES PLAINES, IL (February
1, 2012) – An effort by American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) member
Teresa Dwyer to spearhead her employer’s initiative to support her co-workers
who are serving on active military duty has been recognized with the Patriot
Since the September 11th, terrorist attacks Dwyer, a
Safety Officer for the city of Boca Raton, FL, has been spearheading a program
to ‘adopt’ fellow employees who are National Guardsmen or Reservists and have
been called up for active duty. Since then, she and the members of her Boca
Raton safety committee have sent greeting cards, care packages, and photos from
home to 14 of her colleagues, most of whom were deployed overseas.
“As safety professionals we need to support our
employees, even if they are not physically at home as they are still part of
our community,” she explained.
Dwyer encourages all safety professionals and their
employers to support employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
“Almost half of our country’s all volunteer military
are members of the Guard and Reserve,” she said. “These employees perform an
important role in the defense of our nation and are deserving of our support
while they are away from their regular jobs.”
The Patriot Award is presented by the Employer Support
of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense Agency that works to
develop and promote a culture in which all American employers support and value
the military service of their employees. More information can be found at
www.esgr.mil. ESGR gives the Patriot Award to citizens who support their
employees currently serving in the military and is intended specifically for
the recognition of individual supervisors or the employer organizations.
Nominations for the Patriot Award are submitted by reserve component (RC)
members, their spouses or immediate family members.
Dwyer was nominated by a colleague, Boca Raton Police Officer
Jeremy Codling, who is currently serving in the U.S. Navy Reserves, who is the
most recent employee to be ‘adopted’ through the program when he was re-called
to active service. Codling and his unit recently returned home safety to the
U.S. and will be given an official welcome home celebration by Dwyer and her
safety committee colleagues in the near future.
In addition, Dwyer also supported fellow members of
the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession when she and other
ASSE Gold Coast Chapter members adopted John Carter, CSP, CIH, during two
deployments with the U. S. Army Reserves – one to Afghanistan and one to Iraq.
“I got a lot of genuine support from them while I was
gone,” said Carter, who now resides in the Pittsburgh, PA area. “They were
really good to me.”
An active ASSE member, Dwyer is a past president of
the Gold Coast Chapter, and a current delegate. She is also a member of ASSE’s
Public Relations Committee.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the
oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people,
property and the environment. Its more than 34,000 occupational safety, health
and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and
consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all
industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information
please go to www.asse.org.