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Storm Lake Police Department Named a Freedom Award Winner

August 03, 2022 12:35pm

The Storm Lake Police Department is among 15 recipients of the 2022 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

Recipients include private and public sector employers across the nation nominated by a National Guard or Reserve member employed in their organization. The Storm Lake Police Department was nominated by Officer Gerardo Bravo (pictured below), who is an Iowa National Guard member.

The ESF Award is the highest U.S. Government honor to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees. The awards winners were announced on Tuesday.

Seven members of the Storm Lake Police Department are soldiers in the Army National Guard. The Freedom Award has been awarded for 26 years, and has honored over 300 employers for their exceptional support of military member employees.

The Storm Lake Police Department is the lone award recipient in Iowa, and one of only three in the Midwest. ESGR received nearly 28-hundred nominations for the award across the country. Freedom Award recipients will be recognized in local ceremonies by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve State Chairs.