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3/19/2014 2:00:00 PM
Lt. Murphy Receives Patriot Award

By Kathy Onorato

Detective Scott Hayden of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is appreciative of Lt. Michael Murphy's support of his military service, and that appreciation led Murphy to receive a Patriot Award, which was presented March 14.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office supervisor Lt. Michael Murphy (right) is recognized for his support of military service March 14, by Dennis Wellman, executive director of Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve, and Lincoln County Detective Scott Hayden (center). (Kathy Onorato photo)
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office supervisor Lt. Michael Murphy (right) is recognized for his support of military service March 14, by Dennis Wellman, executive director of Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve, and LCSO Detective Scott Hayden (center). (Kathy Onorato photo)
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The Patriot Award, sponsored by Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve, recognizes employers who make efforts to support employees serving in the National Guard or Reserves.

ESGR is a program developed 40 years ago by President Richard Nixon to help maintain good relationships between employers and employees committed to military service.

In 1994 the Uniformed Service Employment Act was created to protect military personnel from losing their jobs because of military service, including the reserves and National Guard. The law also prohibits employers from discriminating because of an employee's military obligation.

ESGR Executive Director Dennis Wellman said the Patriot Award is given to employers who go above the basic guidelines to show support to employees who are serving. Employers who offer flexible schedules, time off before and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if necessary, meet the criteria for the Patriot Award.

In his nomination Hayden said, "My supervisor, a former Army active duty member, has been very supportive of my military service. He allows me flexibility in my schedule to come to training without having to use vacation time.

"He is also very understanding when advised of more lengthy periods of time I need to be out of work to perform military duty," Hayden said.

Murphy served nine years in the Army and his wife served 10 years in the Maine National Guard, said supporting employees in the military is important for the security of the country.

"We benefit from the training," Murphy said. "Military personnel are very professional and highly trained," he said.

Hayden, a member of the 101st Air Refueling Wing in Bangor, has been serving in the Maine National Guard for 17 years. He is required to give one weekend a month plus an additional 15 days of service throughout the year.

"We are a small group here and I feel bad when I have to leave and they have to pick up the slack," Hayden said.

Murphy said Hayden keeps up with his full-time work, handles the department's K-9 unit, and is very active in his community along with caring for four children.

"He makes it easy for an employer to support him," Murphy said. "He always gives me plenty of notice so we can plan."

Hayden would like to get his 20 years of service in before he retires and will likely re-enlist next year.

"I like wearing the uniform and serving my country," Hayden said.





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