Monmouth County Sheriff Kim Guadagno is proud to announce the Sheriff’s Office has been honored by the Department of Defense with the prestigious Pro Patria Award.

The award, which recognizes employers for their extraordinary support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve, was presented to Sheriff Guadagno during a ceremony at Drumthwacket, Tuesday, September 15th. “Last week was the eighth anniversary of the September 11th attacks,” said Sheriff Kim Guadagno. “Although we will never forget those who died, we also cannot forget about those who are answering our nation’s call to serve.”

While performing military service, Monmouth County employees receive full pay for 90 days, and, after that time, they receive the difference in pay between the employee’s regular earnings and the military base pay for active duty. Families continue to maintain health benefits, and the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office actively supports families who have to endure the hardships when their loved ones are away. “This honor reinforces the dedication, support and long term commitment the Sheriff’s Office and the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders have to our citizen soldiers,” said Sheriff Guadagno.

Each year the New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an agency of the Department of Defense, receives numerous nominations for the Pro Patria, which is the highest state level award presented to an employer.

MasterSgt. Robert Hislip, a United States Marine Corps Reservist, and a Corrections Officer at the jail, nominated the Sheriff’s Office for the award. “It’s my way of saying thank you. Knowing that I can serve my country without the added hardship of financial worries makes it a lot less stressful for me and my family.”

Three other New Jersey employers who also received the Pro Patria were Honeywell, NetJets, Inc. and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.