DPS honors those willing to give double service
Mar 21, 2013 (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Most people don't give of themselves with respect to community service and even rarer are the individuals who give more than once.
The Department of Public Safety has decided to honor all of its employees who have served in the military during a time of conflict.
Sgt. Brian K. Smith received his certificate and lapel pin but he didn't serve to be recognized or collect awards.
"You'll find a common theme among those of us that wear the uniform of the department -- service," Smith said. "It's for the service."
Thursday morning, March 21, 23 people received certificates and lapel pins recognizing their double service to community and country.
Judge and US Army Reservist William Sowder was the guest speaker. He addressed the audience of troopers and their families about the sacrifices they have made and how deployment affects family members and coworkers who are left behind.
DPS regional commander Randall Prince seconded Sowder's sentiments and acknowledged family members' sacrifices when service members are deployed.
"Sometimes a medal should be worm by our spouses instead of ourselves," Prince said. "We're glad you're on our team."
Sowder made reference to the founding of America and the sacrifices the founding fathers made.
John Adams wrote a letter to his son describing his feelings about the duty of public service and Sowder reminded the audience of Adams's opinion.
"If wise men decline it, others will not; if honest men refuse it, others will not," Sowder said quoting John Adams.
Sowder thanked the recipients for "raising your hand" and volunteering for law enforcement and military duties.
Cpl. John Gonzalez said DPS' award is a new one and all troopers will be honored for their military service and commitment to freedom.
Thursday's awards were given to members of region five, which includes Lubbock, Amarillo, Witchita Falls and Abilene.
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