Sher­iff’s of­fice re­ceives award for sup­port­ing re­servists

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Charles County Sher­iff Troy D. Berry (D) re­cently an­nounced the agency re­ceived the “Above and Be­yond” award from the Mary­land Em­ployer Sup­port of the Guard and Re­serve (ESGR) for out­stand­ing ser­vice and con­tin­u­ing sup­port of em­ploy­ees who serve in the guard and re­serve. The agency was honored dur­ing a cer­e­mony on April 9 in An­napo­lis.

“We back our em­ploy­ees who serve to pro­tect our na­tion, and we are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing th­ese men and women the sup­port they need to carry on their mis­sion here in Charles County and wher­ever they are needed for our country,” Berry said in a press re­lease.

The agency was nom­i­nated for the award by for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer, Jay Me­jia, who served with the sher­iff’s of­fice from 2012 to 2015. Dur­ing his ten­ure, Me­jia worked in pa­trol oper­a­tions and was sta­tioned pri­mar­ily out of the La Plata district. He was called to duty with the Air Force Re­serve and upon re­turn, took a job as a safety spe­cial­ist for the De­part­ment of Army.

Me­jia re­called how sup­port­ive the CCSO was dur­ing his time with the agency.

“I re­ally en­joyed work­ing for the sher­iff’s of­fice,” he said in the re­lease. “They were sup­port­ive of my mil­i­tary or­ders and re­mained flex­i­ble in terms of the re­quire­ments needed to serve in the re­serve.”

Ac­cord­ing to the ESGR, more than 800,000 peo­ple serve in the Guard and Re­serve and make up nearly one-half of the na­tion’s to­tal mil­i­tary force. Em­ploy­ers who hire ser­vice mem­bers must re­main flex­i­ble and adapt to mil­i­tary train­ing sched­ules and, at times, lengthy de­ploy­ments. The CCSO has sev­eral em­ploy­ees who serve in this ca­pac­ity. For more in­for­ma­tion about the ESGR, visit www.esgr.mil.

Charles County Sher­iff Troy D. Berry and Jay Me­jia.

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