Worcester PD a Finalist for U.S. Government Freedom Award

Worcester PD a Finalist for U.S. Government Freedom Award

WORCESTER – For the second year in a row, the Worcester Police Department [WPD] is among 30 finalists for the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award and is the only employer in Massachusetts remaining in the running for the award.

The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the Dept. of Defense to employers that support their employees that are National Guard and Reserve members.

The WPD was selected among 2,000 employers across the country by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve [ESGR] to the narrowed down field of 30. The ESGR National Selection Board will select and announce the 15 recipients of the 2019 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award by mid-June.

The finalists were nominated by more than 2,415 Guard and Reserve employees. The Freedom Award recognizes those employers who provide the most outstanding support for these citizen warriors. Up to 15 employers are selected each year for the award and honored at the Pentagon in an official ceremony in August.

The Freedom Award began in 1996 by ESGR to draw attention to support from the employer community. To date, only 265 employers have received the award.

Here are this year’s Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award finalists:


Employer Name

Employer City, State

Archer Daniels Midland

Chicago, Illinois


New York, New York

Battlefield Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC

Columbia, South Carolina

Central Washington University

Ellensburg, Washington


San Ramon, California

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland, Ohio

Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores

Lebanon, Tennessee

Delta Solutions & Strategies, LLC

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Direct Supply, Inc.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Eversource Energy

Berlin, Connecticut

Houston Police Department

Houston, Texas

Kauai Auto Repair

Kalaheo, Hawaii

League of Minnesota Cities

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Levi Rodgers Real Estate Group @ RE/MAX Military City

San Antonio, Texas

LG&E and KU Energy, LLC

Louisville, Kentucky

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

Columbus, Ohio

Sanford Health

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Sparta Police Department

Sparta, Wisconsin

State of Nevada

Carson City, Nevada

The Independence Fund

Charlotte, North Carolina

The Steel Network

Durham, North Carolina

Topeka Police Department

Topeka, Kansas

Travis Manion Foundation

Doylestown, Pennsylvania

University Health System

San Antonio, Texas

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the U.S. Trustee

Columbus, Ohio

Village of Ladd

Ladd, Illinois

West Valley City

West Valley City, Utah

Worcester Police Department

Worcester, Massachusetts

Yankton School District 63-3

Yankton, South Dakota

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