ESGR and the Allegheny County Bar Association to present Patriot Awards to area employers for their support of military service members and reservists

Elizabeth Forward High School nominated by coach who later lost his life in Afghanistan.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – September 13, 2010. The Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA) and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and the Reserve (ESGR) will recognize area employers for their outstanding support of employees who are members of the National Guard or the military reserves with Patriot Awards. The ceremony will be held on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 5:30 p.m., at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Oakland.

According to Gary Hunt, President of the Allegheny County Bar Association, “We along with our friends at ESGR are proud to be recognizing these outstanding area employers who went above and beyond in supporting their employees who were called to serve our country. They truly understood the sacrifice being made by their employees and families, and they treated them with the respect, dignity, love, and admiration that our veterans and their families so richly deserve.”

The ESGR’s mission is to gain and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service by recognizing outstanding support, raising the awareness of the law, and resolving conflicts through informal mediation. ESGR regularly partners with the ACBA Military & Veterans Affairs Committee to educate employers about laws protecting military employees.

Employers who will be recognized with Patriot Awards include: ABB Inc.; Allegheny County Police; Dell Fastener Corporation; Duquesne University; EQT; Federal Air Marshals; Federal Reserve Bank; Mariner Health Care of West Hills; Philips –Respironics; Point Security Company; SCI Greene; Soldiers & Sailors Memorial; SSM Industries Inc.; St. Gabriel Elementary School; Tadiso, Inc.; and Triumph Interiors.

Elizabeth Forward High School was nominated for its Patriot Award by Staff Sgt. Bryan Hoover, a track and cross country coach at the school, who then lost his life in Afghanistan in June 2010 while serving with the Pennsylvania National Guard. The family of Sgt. Bryan Hoover will be present as the high school receives its award.

In addition to the Patriot Awards, three additional companies will be recognized for awards they have received. Yerecic Label Company, winner of the U.S. Department of Defense’s national “Freedom Award,” which will be formally presented in Washington, D.C. on September 23 will also be recognized at the ceremony as well as UPMC and United States Steel Corporation, winners of the statewide “Seven Seals Award.”

ESGR is a U.S. Department of Defense agency that strives to promote a culture in which employers support and value the volunteer military service of their employees.

Chartered in 1870 and headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, The Allegheny County Bar Association is a professional organization with more than 6,600 member attorneys, judges, magisterial district judges, legal administrators, and paralegals.