Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
NEWS RELEASE Governor Bob Taft
LADY HONORS SEPTEMBER 11TH VOLUNTEERS AND
(December 6, 2001) — First Lady Hope Taft today joined Ohio Department
of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Reginald A. Wilkinson in honoring DRC
staff who responded to the September 11th terrorist attacks at the
World Trade Center and long-time employees who have demonstrated outstanding
leadership qualities during their careers at DRC.
Gold Star award was presented to nine employees who assisted in the search and
rescue effort, or provided aid to victims and survivors in New York. For the first time, a dog also was honored with an award.
A German Shepherd, named Sonny, and his handler Corrections Officer Pat
Curtiss from the London Correctional Institution received awards for their
search and rescue work at “Ground Zero.”
gave blood, offered prayers or sent donations to the survivors,” Governor Bob
Taft said. “Those of you we honor today did even more.
You packed your bags, left your homes, and volunteered at the site of the
tragedy. I commend you for getting
personally involved to help others at a time of great need.”
The Gold Star for
Leadership Award was presented to 19 recipients including wardens, executive
staff and others who made significant contributions to the Department and
provided leadership throughout their careers. “Together, the men and women
receiving the Gold Star for Leadership Award today represent some 600 years of
experience, expertise, dedication, ingenuity and much, much more,” Wilkinson
said. “It is indeed difficult to
imagine our Department without them.”
Students from the Harrisburg Elementary
School, one of DRC’s OhioReads partners, participated in the patriotic event
by leading the Pledge of Allegiance and singing “America the Beautiful.”
The ceremony was held at the Corrections Training Academy in Orient.
This is the first
year for the Humanitarian Gold Star and
Leadership Gold Star
awards. The Gold Star awards were established by Director Wilkinson
in 1992 to recognize exemplary employees. In
2000, the Gold Star for Valor
was established to recognize employees who saved a life or responded to a
Contact: Andrea Dean, DRC, at (614) 752-1150; or Joe Andrews, Governor’s Office, at (614) 644-0957.