Washington, DC–(HISPANICPRWIRE)–September 23, 2004–The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), in conjunction with the Secretary of Defense, honored Colt Fire Safety and Rescue as a 2004 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award recipient on September 21, 2004 in Washington, DC.
The enthusiasm, patriotism, and support of Colt Fire Safety and Rescue is outstanding. This company and its CEO, Ms. Christine Bierman, take great pride in the employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve, and go way beyond what is required to support their mobilized employees. Ms. Bierman believes military personnel make exceptional team members and considers their skills, training and discipline to exceed most average employees. A small, 100% woman-owned business, Colt Fire Safety and Rescue continues full salary and benefits for its activated company director who was deployed for one year during Operation Noble Eagle. The CEO personally contacts the families and sends care packages to mobilized employees.
“I am delighted to report that both employees, Master Sergeant James Mixco and Specialist Joey Petry, are safely home on American soil. Jim Mixco served both at Scott Air Force Base during Operation Noble Eagle and again in Saudi Arabia for the four weeks prior to the President’s declaration of War in March 2003. Joey was sent to Baghdad from Fort Leonard Wood Missouri with the 203rd Engineering Battalion for fourteen months. Colt Safety, Fire & Rescue is thankful to have them safely home and back to work,” said Christine Bierman, CEO of Colt Fire Safety and Rescue
The Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, a Waterford crystal eagle, was introduced in 1996 to publicly recognize the significant contributions and sacrifices made by America’s employers of Guardsmen and Reservists.
“Colt Fire Safety and Rescue’s exceptional support of their Reserve and National Guard employees during mobilization for the war against terrorism has set a standard for all employers to follow,” said David Janes, ESGR National Chairman. “Colt Fire Safety and Rescue’s advocacy of extending continuing benefits, making up pay differentials, and ensuring employees are returned to their jobs in a timely manner is truly a role model for corporate America. I am proud to have participated in the selection of Colt Fire Safety and Rescue for this prestigious award,” added Janes.
Colt Safety Fire & Rescue, www.coltsafety.com, warehouses and distributes personal protective equipment (PPE), everything a worker wears or uses in a hazardous environment such as hardhats, chemical suits, breathing apparatus, safety goggles, anthrax detectors and gas monitoring equipment in compliance of OSHA and NFPA regulations. Based centrally in the United States, the company efficiently ships products worldwide.
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